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September 23, 2021

'The Crown' Actor Tobias Menzies Dedicates Emmy to Late Michael K Williams

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"The Crown" actor Tobias Menzies took to Twitter shortly after winning an Emmy to dedicate the award to fellow nominee Michael K Williams who passed away earlier this month. 

On Sunday, September 19, Tobias Menzies was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Drama Series for his role as Prince Philip in the beloved Netflix show, "The Crown."

Actress Kerry Washington presented the award and accepted it on behalf of Menzies as he did not attend the event. However, on Monday, Menzies took to Twitter to dedicate the award to Michael K Williams. 

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Williams was nominated for the award for his role in "Lovecraft Country." The seasoned actor passed away earlier this month, on September 6, after his body was found in his Brooklyn penthouse. 

Menzies' tweet received a lot of love online from his fans. He wrote that he felt humbled to win an Emmy, thanked his fellow nominees, and then dedicated the award to Williams, penning:

"But want to dedicate this to Michael K Williams, his performance as Omar in The Wire is one of the great screen performances, he will be deeply missed. RIP"

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Menzies and Williams were nominated along with actors O-T Fagbenle, Bradley Whitford, and Max Minghella for "A Handmaid's Tale," John Lithgow for "Perry Mason," Giancarlo Esposito for "The Mandalorian," and Chris Sullivan for "This Is Us." 

The "Outlander" actor was not the only star to pay tribute and their respects to the late actor. Washington took the opportunity while presenting the category to acknowledge Williams and his hard work. 

Washington... honored her former "I Think I Love My Wife" co-star on Instagram.

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The "American Son" actress started her address to the audience by stating that the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actors had astounded viewers with their remarkable performance during the last year.

However, she explained she wanted to make particular reference to Williams. She described the late actor as an extremely talented and generous person. Washington continued:

"Michael, I know you're here because you wouldn't miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure, we love you."

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Washington, who has acted in a few movies with Williams, honored her former "I Think I Love My Wife" co-star on Instagram earlier this month, in which she sent her love and prayers to his loved ones.

Williams' breakout role was in "The Wire," as mentioned by Menzies. In the HBO show, Williams played Omar Little, a gay Black man who was a ruthless criminal in Baltimore. 

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Over his career, Williams performed remarkably in shows such as "Boardwalk Empire," "When They See Us," and movies such as "Gone Baby Gone," "12 years A Slave," and "Inherent Vice."

His role in HBO's "Lovecraft Country" was his most recent acclaimed performance, which saw him nominated for his fifth Emmy Award. His death occurred after the Emmy vote period this year.

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