awards & nominations

Bessie (2015)

Michael Williams as "Jack Gee"

Blues singer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah) rises to fame in the 1920s to become a musical legend.

Emmy (Primetime) (2015)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Michael Williams as "Robert"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Boardwalk Empire (2010)

Michael Williams as "Chalky White"

Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs things -- legally and otherwise -- is the town's treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, who is equal parts politician and gangster. Side by side with his brother Elias, Atlantic City's sheriff, and a crew of ward bosses and local tough guys, Nucky gains a reputation as the man to see for illegal alcohol. He does business with all the top gangsters -- Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, "Big Jim" Colosimo -- and he does it well ... until a former protégé takes matters into his own hands, setting the Feds on Nucky's tail.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)WonOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series