Late Michael K. Williams Expected To Win First Emmy at Awards Show

by Keeli Parkey
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During his decades-long acting career, Michael K. Williams was a performer who was wildly respected by his peers. However, he never won an Emmy for his work in such HBO shows as “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, now that he has passed, it is very possible that the actor could win his first Primetime Emmy. Williams is nominated for his work in another HBO series. This is the science fiction show “Lovecraft Country,” which is based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff. In this series, the late actor played the role of Montrose Freeman.

Michael K. Williams passed away on Sept. 6. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Emmy voters had to submit their ballots for the annual awards show by Aug. 30. Also, in a preview of the awards show released on Aug. 25, the publication had Williams in the lead to win the prize for best supporting actor in a drama series.

Being nominated for his work in “Lovecraft Country” is not the first time Williams received such an honor. Surprisingly though, he was never nominated for an Emmy for his work in both “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.” It was his work in both of those series that he is most identified.

Over the last seven years, Michael K. Williams was nominated for five Emmys. This includes his nomination in 2021 for “Lovecraft Country.”

In 2018, he was nominated in his role as an executive producer on “Vice” for best informational series or special. On three different occasions, Williams was nominated as best supporting actor in a limited series or movie. These nominations were for his roles in “When They See Us” in 2019, “The Night Of” in 2016, and “Bessie” in 2015.

Should Michael K. Williams Win an Emmy, He Would Join an Elite Club

Also, should Michael K. Williams win an Emmy for his performance in “Lovecraft Country,” it would put him in elite company. He would become only the seventh actor to win the award after they had passed away in the history of the awards.

Also, the Emmys have been distributed for 73 years. The six actors who were honored with an Emmy after they passed are Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Raúl Juliá, Diana Hyland, Marion Lorne, and also Alice Pearce.

Williams is up for the award for best supporting actor in a drama series. There are seven other actors up for the award. They are: O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, and Bradley Whitford for their work in”The Handmaid’s Tale”; Giancarlo Esposito for “The Mandalorian”; John Lithgow for “Perry Mason”; Tobias Menzies for “The Crown”; and Chris Sullivan for “This Is Us.”

Also, the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19.