Congratulations are in order for Courtney B. Vance, who recently took home a Creative Arts Emmy for guest actor in a drama series.

Vance portrayed George Freeman in HBO’s hit horror drama series, Lovecraft Country. In his press backstage moment, Vance took the time to express his sadness over the recent passing of his co-star, Michael K. Williams.

He stated, “This is his.” Adding, “We were brothers. I died in the series and we said goodbye to each other, so – it’s just too painful to really think about. So, I just honor him everywhere and every way I can.”

Williams is nominated this year for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Montrose Freeman on Lovecraft Country. The series made history as the first program to feature a Black nominee in every acting category, despite the show being cancelled.

Vance had this to say, “I’m very happy, but at the same time I’m very sad because of Michael, and because we’re not doing the show.

He added, “In my mind and in my spirit, it doesn’t make sense. That something that was as successful as that show was, that the powers that be could not figure it out.” He closed saying, “I’m sad for audiences that we don’t get to see, like Game of Thrones, 7 years, 8 years of following these characters and learning more about the time period, and learning about our people and their struggles, and where Misha’s (Greene, Lovecraft Country writer/showrunner) mind was going to go.” Noting, “So that’s very painful for me as a fan and me as an actor.”