Emmys fans have angrily taken to social media after Michael K Williams didn’t win the best supporting actor in a drama award at Sunday night’s ceremony.
The actor was thought to be the frontrunner for the award during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards for his role as Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country.
But despite what fans thought, the award was given to Tobias Menzies for his role in The Crown.
And the decision left fans in uproar on Twitter.
One fan wrote: “how did michael k williams not win ….,” while their opinion was matched by another who commented: “#Emmys.. no love for the best show #LovecraftCountry… once again the #Emmys failed to recognize the great #MichaelKWilliams…. shameful!”
A third also blasted the decision, writing: “#Emmys2021 got it all wrong #MichaelKWilliams is always the best.”
And the backlash didn’t stop their as another person tweeted: “Michael K. Williams was a brilliant actor who was great on #LovecraftCountry. I really would have loved to see him take home the win.”
If he had won, it would have marked Michael’s first career and individual win at the ceremony in what was his fifth overall nomination.
He had previously been nominated for his roles in Netflix ’s When They See Us, Bessie and The Night Of.
A win would have made his only the seventh posthumous performance winner in the history of the Emmys.
Despite not winning the award, the actor was remembered at the ceremony as actress Kerry Washington made a heartfelt speech.
The actress, 44, was presenting the supporting actor in a drama series category she paid a sweet tribute to the actor who was best known for his role in The Wire.
Kerry called Michael a “brilliantly talented actor” during her brief tribute and said he was “a generous human being who has left us far too soon”.
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The Scandal actress continued: “I know you’re here because you wouldn’t miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure. We love you.”
Fellow co-stars of Michael also took to social media prior to the awards to pay their own special tribute.
Wendell Pierce said on Twitter: “Tonight at the Emmys, I hope they honor my friend. God Bless Michael K. Williams.”
The actor was found dead in his apartment by his nephew earlier this month. A cause of death has not yet been revealed by the medical examiner, though police said drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.
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