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Hollywood actress Kerry Washington used her time at the Emmys 2021 to pay tribute o the “brilliantly talented” Michael K. Williams, who passed away almost a fortnight ago.
Williams, 54, was nominated for an Emmy in the category of supporting actor in a drama for his role as Montrose Freeman in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”
“Michael was — it’s crazy to say ‘was’ — was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon,” Washington, while presenting the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. “Michael, I know you’re here because you wouldn’t miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure.”
“Perry Mason’s” John Lithgow, “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Bradley Whitford, O-T Fagbenle and Max Minghella, “The Mandalorian’s” Giancarlo Esposito and “This Is Us'” Chris Sullivan were also.
“The Crown” star Tobias Menzies took home the award.
During the show’s In-Memorium segment, they featured a clip of the late star. “The only way for me to say thank you is by making sure that the foundation that I am standing on is strong enough to support the next person that will stand on these two shoulders,” he said in the recorded clip.
Washington previously spoke out about the tragic news. “So heartbroken. @BKBMG thank you for the beauty and joy you brought to the world. Sending love and prayers to your friends, family and everyone who adored you me included. We adore you Sir,” she tweeted upon hearing of his death.
Williams died on Sept. 6 at his apartment in Brooklyn, New York.