EMMY AWARDS – “Your excellence and artistic talent will endure”. Kerry Washington, who presented the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 73rd Emmy Awards, paid tribute to The Wire actor Michael K. Williams. Named for his performance in Lovecraft Country, he died at the age of 54 on September 6.

“Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who passed away far too soon,” argued the Scandal star. He added, “I know you’re here because you wouldn’t have missed it. We love you”.

Kerry Washington paid tribute to Michael K. Williams at the #Emmys: “Michael was … a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon. Michael, your excellence and artistry will endure. We love you. ” https://t.co/mIawnJn2Adpic.twitter.com/DpxOpd1ivU

The actor, who played the character of Montrose Freeman in the HBO series, was the big favorite in his category (his nephew had planned to collect the prize). However, he did not receive an award as it was Tobias Menzies who took home the award for his role in The Crown. One victory would have earned him his first honor and become the seventh posthumous winner in Emmy history.

In addition to Kerry Washington’s speech, Michael K. Williams was also honored during the traditional “In Memoriam” ceremony. A short video, showing the actor talking about the legacy he wants to pass on, was shared. “The only way for me to say thank you is to make sure the foundation I’m standing on is strong enough to support the next person who will stand on those two shoulders,” the excerpt could notably hear.

Omar Little’s The Wire star was found unconscious at his home in New York in early September. The news of his death sparked a wave of tributes on social media. James Gunn, Riz Ahmed, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Wendell Pierce (his partner in the series), and even Mariah Carey, all expressed their immense sadness, while unanimously praising the talent of the actor.

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