Pitt says his wife, who has the chicken pox, is "doing great"

By Michelle Tauber
December 16, 2014 11:15 AM
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Angelina Jolie was forced to miss the premiere of her latest film, Unbroken, but she had four stellar stand-ins on the red carpet.

Husband Brad Pitt and kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Shiloh, 8 – all three of whom were coordinated in dark suit-and-tie ensembles – turned out Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of the WWII drama directed by Jolie. Pitt’s parents, Bill and Jane Pitt, also attended in support of their newly official daughter-in-law.

“She’s doing great,” Pitt, who turns 51 on Thursday, said of his wife, who revealed last Friday that she has the chicken pox.

But things are looking up for the stricken star: On Monday, Unbroken scored four Critics’ Choice nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including best picture and best director.

“We all miss her,” one of the film’s stars, Garrett Hedlund, told PEOPLE at Monday’s premiere. “I’m sure she wants to be here really bad.”

For Cynthia Garris and Luke Zamperini, watching their late father Louis Zamperini‘s real-life tale of WWII heroism in Unbroken is a dream come true.

“We’re so, so happy,” said Garris. “Every time I see it, I cry more, and I can’t wait to see it again. This will be my third time seeing it completed, and we just drink it in. We’re grateful to Angelina for what she’s done for our father and for our family.”

Reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA

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