As Hollywood reels from the news of actor Bill Paxton’s sudden death, his former Big Love costar Ginnifer Goodwin admits that it was a hard decision for her come to the 2017 Academy Awards just hours after learning about his death.
“It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything,” Goodwin told PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. “But [husband] Josh [Dallas] reminded me that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want you to be here.”
Goodwin also shared that the second place Paxton would probably want to be (aside from hanging out with his family) would be at the Oscars.
PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly’s Red Carpet Live streaming pre-show is giving fans an inside look into this year’s Oscars. PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman and Lola Ogunnaike, host of PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN’s) Entertainment Weekly: The Show, will be on the red carpet in L.A. while PEOPLE Now hosts Jeremy Parsons and Andrea Boehlke will lead the panel discussions from our N.Y.C. studio with the Time Inc. experts. And PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle will give a behind-the-scenes look at Oscars prep.
With PEOPLE’s Oscars Fan Experience, viewers can participate by sending in videos about their favorites to win an Oscar to Burst.com/Oscars. Through the Oscars Fan Experience Sweepstakes, hundreds of VIP subscribers will sit in front-row seats at the Oscars red carpet, followed by an exclusive viewing party right across the street from the ceremony.
The Academy Awards ceremony kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET.