Oscars: Jennifer Aniston Pays Tribute to Bill Paxton Ahead of In Memoriam Segment
The Emmy-nominated actor died over the weekend at age 61.
Oscars morning brought with it the tragic news of Bill Paxton's passing.
The Emmy-nominated actor, whose four-decade career included roles in such films as Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as on the TV shows Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
While introducing the annual In Memoriam segment during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, Jennifer Aniston spoke of the forces both in front of and behind the camera who were lost over the last year.
"As was beloved actor and friend who left us just yesterday, Bill Paxton," said Aniston as she began to choke up.
Paxton was not included in the montage, which paid tribute to many of the Hollywood heavyweights, from Gene Wilder to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed away in 2016.
Sara Bareilles sang Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" during the tribute.
Editor Chuck Workman, who has compiled the montage in previous years, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the struggle to include the names of those lost, especially with 2016's long list of Hollywood deaths. "There's so many people you want to get in," he said, adding that audiences "are tuning in because they want to know all these people, but I don't think they want to sit for 10 minutes."
A running list of recently deceased Academy members lives on Oscars.org, with a photo gallery version on Oscars.com.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the actor's family said in a statement on Sunday, the day of the 89th Academy Awards. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th Academy Awards, which were held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and aired live on ABC.