Inside Kerry Washington’s Emotional Michael K. Williams Emmy Tribute

Kerry Washington became visibly emotional at the 2021 Emmys as she acknowledged her late friend, Michael K. Williams, while presenting the award he was nominated for, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

“I would like to take a moment to mention one nominee in particular, Michael K. Williams,” she said, as the crowd cheered and she welled up. “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. Michael, I know you’re here because you wouldn’t miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure. We love you.”

Williams missed out on the award as it went to Tobias Menzies for his work playing the late Prince Philip in Netflix’s “The Crown.” Washington took the award away on his behalf as Menzies was not in attendance, and many Twitter users saw Williams’ loss as a snub.

Washington wasn’t the only one remembering the late star at the Emmys, though. Courtney B. Vance also spoke about Williams, his “Lovecraft Country” co-star, while speaking to press after winning the award for Guest Actor in a Drama series. “I love him. This is his,” Vance said of his award (via Essense). “We were brothers. I died in the series and we said goodbye to each other, so — it’s just too painful to really think about. So, I just honor him everywhere and every way I can.”

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