Ray Liotta was honored Wednesday morning with a posthumous Emmy nomination for his work on Apple TV+’s “Black Bird,” an occasion that would “mean the world to him,” his daughter said.
Addressing the recognition, which marks Liotta’s first nomination since he won a Primetime Emmy for his guest work on “ER” in 2005, the late actor’s daughter, Karsen Liotta, said in a press release: “I am so grateful with the members of the Television Academy for honoring my dad with this nomination. I was so incredibly proud of his performance in ‘Black Bird,’ and it would mean so much to him to be nominated alongside Taron and Paul.”
Liotta, whose performance as Big Jim Keene also earned him a posthumous Critics Choice Award nomination earlier this year, died on May 26, 2022, just two months before the true crime limited series premiered on Apple TV+.
Based on the autobiographical novel “In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” by James Keene with Hillel Levin, “Black Bird” focuses on the criminal life of Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton), whose arrest within Operation Snowplow ultimately led to a fully commuted sentence.
Egerton was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Movie or Series and Paul Walter Hauser was nominated alongside Liotta for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Larry Hall in the series.
Following Wednesday’s nominations announcement, Hauser also honored his co-star posthumously, saying, “Long live Ray Liotta.”
“I am very honored to be nominated for an Emmy Award,” Hauser said in a statement. “’Black Bird’ is the result of a tireless team, three visionary directors, the support of the storytelling giant that is Apple TV+, and Dennis Lehane’s mastery of capturing life in all its forms. Taron, you are a brilliant actor, a kind and generous spirit, and I truly treasure our time on and off the screen. Thank you to the Television Academy, my teams at CAA, Artists First, The Lede Company, Dunham, Engelman, Petix, DDP, Sean M, and most of all my beautiful, patient and forgiving wife Amy. No more serial killer roles, baby. Season 2 of ‘Jury Duty’? Third season of ‘The Bear’? Fingers crossed. Long live Ray Liotta.”