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    Kerry Washington Paid A Heartfelt Tribute To Michael K. Williams At The 2021 Emmys

    "Michael, I know you're here; you wouldn't miss this. Your excellence and artistry will endure," Kerry said.

    Nearly two weeks ago, news broke of Michael K. Williams' death. The renowned actor — known for his roles on The Wire and Lovecraft Country — was 54.

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    A beloved master of his craft, many fellow colleagues and actors paid tribute to the legend, including his Lovecraft Country co-star Jurnee Smollett.

    Jurnee, Michael, and Jonathan Majors in a scene from Lovecraft Country
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    Michael was also honored at the Emmys, where he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his turn as Montrose Freeman, the estranged and complex father of Jonathan Majors' Atticus.

    Montrose and Atticus sitting next to one another on a curb
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    The award ultimately went to Tobias Menzies, who portrayed Prince Philip on The Crown. Michael was previously nominated at the awards show four times — for his roles on When They See UsViceThe Night Of, and Bessie, respectively.

    In her introductory speech for the category, Kerry Washington paid tribute to the late actor.

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    "Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon," she said. "Michael, I know you're here; you wouldn't miss this. Your excellence and artistry will endure. We love you."

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    On Instagram, co-star Wunmi Mosaku — who portrayed Ruby, the sister to Jurnee's Leti on Lovecraft — also honored Michael.

    Wunmi posing on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival
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    "Michael was pure of heart," she wrote. "A gentle gentleman that I love dearly and will miss greatly. Sending all my love to his family and friends. And to my @lovecrafthbo family in the spirit of Michael Kenneth Williams, let me say it out loud in case I never have, I'm grateful to have grown and learned along side you all, watching you all walk in your purpose was such a privilege."