Ravens Tribute To Michael K Williams: The Baltimore Ravens, rather than the Television Academy, were responsible for the most moving tribute to Michael K. Williams on Emmys night this year. As a result of the Emmys snubbing Williams for his work on “Lovecraft Country,” the NFL club honored the late actor by blaring Omar Little’s signature “Farmer in the Dell” whistle into M&T Bank Stadium in his honor. Williams died in a car accident in November. He was 76. (see video below).
Williams appeared in all five seasons of HBO’s “The Wire” as the character Omar. The action of the series takes place in Baltimore. Omar’s whistle was blown during the Ravens’ home opener, which was the team’s first game in Baltimore since Williams’ death on December 31.
While Williams did not win an Emmy, he did receive a brief homage from Kerry Washington, who was presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the ceremony.
The actress became down as she spoke about Williams in the past tense, describing him as “a phenomenally great actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon,” adding, “I know you’re here because you wouldn’t miss this.” Williams passed away in February. Your talent and artistry will be remembered for a long time. “You are very much loved by us.”
When the Baltimore Ravens played the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they paid respect to the late Michael K. Williams by channelling the actor’s iconic Baltimore-based character from The Wire.
An eerie whistle set to the music of “The Farmer in the Dell” resounded around the stadium just before start, drawing enthusiastic applause from the sold-out audience. The football team posted a video of the incident to social media with the remark, “For Omar,” to commemorate the occasion.
Williams is best known for his role as Omar Little, one of Baltimore’s most notorious petty thieves, on the critically acclaimed HBO drama series, which lasted from 2002 to 2008.
During the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, fans were treated to yet another homage to Williams, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 54.
Kerry Washington took the stage to present Williams with the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for which he was nominated, and described him as a “brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon.” Williams was nominated for the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which he won.
Despite the fact that Williams, who was nominated for his portrayal in Lovecraft Country, was defeated by Tobias Menzies of The Crown in the category, Washington praised Williams’ performance “Your talent and artistry will be remembered for a long time. We are madly in love with you.”