Courtney B. Vance adds another Emmy to his mantle after picking up the guest drama actor statue for “Lovecraft Country,” but he used his acceptance speech not to celebrate his own achievement, but instead to pay tribute to his co-star Michael K. Williams.
“Michael did everything with his full heart open with his infinite spirit. May he rest in power and let us all honor his immense legacy by being a little more love forward,” Vance said when accepting the award during the third Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 12.
Vance played Uncle George in Misha Green’s genre-blending adaptation of Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same title, while Williams played Montrose Freeman in the series. Williams passed away last week at age 54.
Although the series and its performers, writers and directors entered into the drama races at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO announced this show would not go on just days after nominations-round voting ended.
Vance’s was just one of 18 nominations for the now-canceled series, but so far it’s only the second win (first above-the-line win). (The first was for one-hour comedy or drama sound editing.) Williams is also nominated (and considered the front-runner), but in the supporting drama actor category, which will have its winner announced during the 73rd Annual Primetime ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 19.
This was only Vance’s second Emmy nomination in his decades-long career. His first, which he also won, came in 2016, in the lead limited series/TV movie actor race for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Here, Vance was nominated alongside Don Cheadle (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”), Charles Dance (“The Crown”), Timothy Olyphant (“The Mandalorian”) and Carl Weathers (“The Mandalorian”).