Kerry Washington honors late Michael K. Williams at Emmys 2021
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Kerry Washington paid tribute to the “brilliantly talented” Michael K. Williams at the 2021 Emmy Awards, nearly two weeks after the actor’s death.
“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,” she said Sunday 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.”
The “Scandal” alum, 44, had previously spoken out immediately after the news of Williams’ death broke, tweeting, “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.”
The prolific actor, who died on Sept. 6, was nominated for his role on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”
His nephew Dominic Dupont was set to accept the award on his late uncle’s behalf had he won. The honor, however, went to Tobias Menzies for “The Crown.”
Other nominees in the category were actors John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”); Max Minghella, Bradley Whitford and O-T Fagbenle (all of “The Handmaid’s Tale”); Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian”) and Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”).
Although Williams did not win, the “Wire” actor was no stranger to being nominated at the Emmy Awards throughout his life.
He had been nominated four times before. One of the nods was for producing the Vice documentary “Raised in the System,” which centered on Dupont, 43, who served more than two decades in jail for murder before then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted his sentence in 2017.
Dupont spoke to The Post shortly after Williams’ untimely death, calling him an “amazing uncle” who supported him during his prison stint.
“Michael was instrumental in helping me get through the process of the prison experience,” Dupont said.
The public speaker continued, “He would work really hard to be a mentor to me and encourage me to stay focused on the important things.”
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