“Michael was — it’s loopy to say ‘was’ — was a brilliantly proficient actor and a beneficiant human being who has left us far too quickly,” she mentioned Sunday whereas presenting the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. “Michael, I do know you’re right here since you wouldn’t miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure.”
The “Scandal” alum, 44, had beforehand spoken out instantly after the information of Williams’ demise broke, tweeting, “So heartbroken. @BKBMG thanks for the wonder and pleasure you delivered to the world. Sending love and prayers to your folks, household and everybody who adored you me included. We love you Sir.”
His nephew Dominic Dupont was set to simply accept the award on his late uncle’s behalf had he received. The glory, nonetheless, went to Tobias Menzies for “The Crown.”
Different nominees within the class had been actors John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”); Max Minghella, Bradley Whitford and O-T Fagbenle (all of “The Handmaid’s Story”); Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian”) and Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”).
Though Williams didn’t win, the “Wire” actor was no stranger to being nominated on the Emmy Awards all through his life.
He had been nominated 4 occasions earlier than. One of many nods was for producing the Vice documentary “Raised within the System,” which centered on Dupont, 43, who served greater than twenty years in jail for homicide earlier than then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted his sentence in 2017.
Dupont spoke to The Post shortly after Williams’ premature demise, calling him an “superb uncle” who supported him throughout his jail stint.
“Michael was instrumental in serving to me get by means of the method of the jail expertise,” Dupont mentioned.
The general public speaker continued, “He would work actually onerous to be a mentor to me and encourage me to remain centered on the necessary issues.”