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Los Angeles, December 29, 2016: A day after her famous daughter Carrie Fisher died, screen legend Debbie Reynolds took her last breath. The Hollywood fraternity is in a state of shock that one of the “last Hollywood royalty” is gone.

Reynolds died on Wednesday afternoon after she suffered a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital.

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 The 84-year-old, who became a rising star after featuring as Helen Kane in 1950’s “Three Little Words” and was feted with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2015, was remembered by her family members and some of the popular faces of Hollywood on social media, reports usatoday.com.

Here’s what they said:

William Shatner: Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.

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Mark Hamill: “#CruelCruelYear,” and a photo of a man kicking the number 6 of ‘2016’ off of a cliff. How shocked we were to learn that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie.

Albert Brooks: Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.

Ellen DeGeneres: I can’t imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ family are going through this week. I send all of my love.

Josh Gad: Thoughts and prayers with #DebbieReynolds and the entire family right now. Devastatingly sad. There are no words left. RIP.

Debra Messing: So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years and I loved her dearly. A legend.

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Grant Gustin: Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing ‘Singin in The Rain’. She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.”

Christina Applegate: I can’t take this. To the whole family. I am so gutted. I am so sorry.

Dane Cook: Damn. RIP Debbie Reynolds. Legendary entertainer. I’m sure broken hearted by the loss of her daughter.

Al Roker: My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. Reynolds knew her daughter needed her.

Sean Hayes: Dear Debbie Reynolds, I totally get it.

Miley Cyrus: News makes me wanna hug my mama and never let go.

Zoe Saldana: Today is officially a sad day. As a mother my heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher.

Constance Zimmer: The most incredible love is when one can’t live without the other.

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Oscar Nominees Furious Over Exclusion From Telecast

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild's industry siblings

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Hollywood filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro and leading craftspeople have condemned a decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hand out four awards during commercial breaks in the hope of trimming the shows (Oscars) run time.

Nominees and their colleagues from the commercial-banished categories of cinematography, make-up and hairstyling, film editing, and live action shorts slammed the decision in interviews and via heated posts on social media, reports variety.com.

“I find it depressing that they are doing this. Hopefully it won’t be like the part of the show where they play clips from the Sci-Tech awards dinner. That always feels a bit sad, like they didn’t get invited to the real party,” said cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a nominee this year for “Never Look Away”.

Deschanel is referencing the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards, held two weeks before the Oscars and typically hosted by a celebrity, which honours technical achievement in film.

Deschanel has been nominated six times stretching back to 1983’s “The Right Stuff”, but has yet to win.

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, a multiple-nominee for producing, directing, writing and cinematography for “Roma”, criticised the Academy’s decision.

“In the history of cinema, masterpieces have existed without sound, without colour, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without cinematography and without editing,” wrote Cuaron.

Three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki called it “an unfortunate decision”.

Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro said he “would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but cinematography and editing are at the very heart of our craft”.

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“They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition. They are cinema itself,” del Toro said.

Drake Doremus, indie director behind the late Anton Yelchin’s “Like Crazy”, even called for a “boycott”.

In a memo outlining the changes, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey said representatives from categories that were shunted off to the commercial breaks volunteered to have their award presented off-camera.

However, the board members who represent those crafts don’t speak for the unions or guild membership.

The show’s director, Glenn Weiss, will determine what emotionally resonant moments from the four speeches make it to air later in the broadcast, according to an individual close to the production.

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The show will cut any comment from presenters, as well as any recitation of the nominees, said the insider. While Bailey said the speeches will air in their entirety, that may not be the case on the big night as broadcasters reserve the right to cut them, the source said.

“This decision could be perceived as a separation and division of this creative process, thus minimising our fundamental creative contributions,” said Kees van Oostrum, President of American Society of Cinematographers, in a statement on Tuesday.

“To find out so close to the actual awards that you’ll be in the commercial break, it’s disappointing,” Lee Smith, last year’s film editing winner for “Dunkirk”, said.

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild’s industry siblings. (IANS)