Menzies was second place in the odds, which were topped by the late Michael K. Williams (“Lovecraft Country”). Williams was the season-long favorite to win before his untimely death at 54 on Sept. 6, a week after winner voting closed. He was one of three Black actors nominated for drama supporting actor this year — the others being Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian”) and O-t Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) — the most ever in a single year in the category.
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Formally established in 1970, Best Drama Supporting Actor has seen numerous Black nominees through the years, but no winners. Even the short form acting categories,