Kerry Washington delivered a heartfelt tribute to Michael K. Williams at the Emmys on Sunday night. While presenting the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series — a category in which the actor was nominated for his performance as Montrose Freeman in HBO's Lovecraft Country — Kerry took a moment to praise the late actor, calling him a "brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon."
She added, "Michael, I know you're here because you wouldn't miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure, we love you." Shortly after taking the stage, Kerry tweeted, "you are missed and you are loved Michael K. Williams. It was an honour to honour YOU".
Michael — who is best remembered for his illustrious career and roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of, When They See Us, Bessie, and Lovecraft Country — died at age 54 on Sept. 6. Since his passing, his family and friends have continued to keep his memory alive.