Film director Linas Shelton, who died unexpectedly in May at the age of 54, was nominated for an Emmy for his work in directing several episodes of the popular Hulu series Small Fires Everywhere. When word spread, the celebrities who worked with her once again honored the director.
Kerry Washington, who played one of the hosts of the show, hinted on Tuesday that she “thinks about the joy and vision that Linas Shelton has brought to the world and to this show. Congratulations to Lina, I hope you will celebrate outside of her. “
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– Kerry washington (@kerrywashington), 2020 July 28
In a recent interview with Deadline, she further discussed working with Shelton.
“My heart just swells when I think of Linas Shelton’s nomination because it’s a very painful loss for our storytelling community,” she told the publisher. “She was such a huge talent and such a beautiful person … Having such a beautiful job recognized in this way is so meaningful.”
Reese Witherspoon, who played in front of Washington, shared his tribute in a comment on an Instagram post posted by podcaster Marc Maron, who had met Shelton at the time of her death.
Next to a photo of Shelton in a denim jacket she took while working on Little Fires Everywhere, Maron wrote, “I know FACT Lina Shelton will be impressed with her Emmy nomination for directing LFE! She deserved it herself. It was a real decision. Skip it. She loves her very much. # RIP “
Witherspoon replied, “She deserves it all! She put her heart and soul on screen. You’re right, she was a real deal. I miss her too.”
The actor “Big Little Liar” also sounded on Twitter: “Our beloved Linas Shelton. A beautiful way to honor her spirit and inspiring work. ”
Actor Mark Duplass, who starred in one of Shelton’s first films, Humpday, remembered her and Twitter.
“What a wonderful honor to our dear friend Lyn,” he said. “Let’s all continue to respect her legacy. Support your peers. Realize your potential. Laugh, laugh, laugh … and then laugh again.”
What a wonderful honor to our dear friend Lin. Let us continue to respect her legacy. Be supported by your peers. Realize your possibilities. Laugh, laugh, laugh … and then laugh again. https://t.co/iEllRxFoEy
– Markas Duplassas (@MarkDuplass), 2020 July 28
Shelton died of a previously unidentified blood disorder in mid-May, TODAY previously reported. She collapsed after a week of illness and was taken to hospital, where she died less than 24 hours later. At the time of her death, Washington and Witherspoon opened up about Shelton’s influence on their lives.
In an Instagram post featuring a photo of himself and Shelton, Witherspoon wrote, “I’m absolutely shocked that this bright, talented and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us.”
On Twitter, Washington added: “You got involved in my life and immediately changed me for the better. What an inspiration !!!! Your vision. The enthusiasm of your life. Your fiercely independent spirit. Your humor and love and devotion. As an artist “Mother. Director. Fellow Man. Light.”