Bill Paxton remembered by Jennifer Aniston at Oscars ceremony

The Academy Awards have made a last minute tribute ahead of their In Memoriam montage to the late actor, whose death was announced on Sunday

The Oscars have paid tribute to the actor Bill Paxton at this years Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The announcement of Paxtons sudden death aged 61 from complications after heart surgery cast a shadow over the 89th Oscars ceremony.

Speaking ahead of the annual In Memoriam montage, Jennifer Aniston remembered the actor, with a crack in her voice.

The announcement came too late for Paxton to be included in the traditional In Memoriam montage in which the Academy remembers those film industry luminaries who have died over the previous year.

Paxton was best known for his work on blockbusters such as Titanic and Twister, but also built up a loyal fanbase with quirkier films such as A Simple Plan and his directorial debut, Frailty.

A statement released by his family on Sunday read: 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 film-maker.

Bills passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the familys wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/27/tribute-to-bill-paxton-at-oscars-ceremony-academy-award-2017