‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Raises Oscars After Last Movie Role
Almost three years later The Big Bang Theory finished, one of the stars of the series makes the buzz around his last role in the cinema. Simon Helberg, who played aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, recently delivered a captivating performance as an accompanist / conductor, in Annette, a 2021 musical psychological drama that also stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. The film won numerous awards, Cotillard being nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.
Helberg’s name has also done the rounds, and many feel he deserves an Acadamy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. After actress Melanie Lynskey (Two and a half men) sent a sweet birthday message to Helberg on Twitter, film journalist Brian Tallerico retweeted and added, “FYC: Best Supporting Actor.” This elicited passionate reactions, including one from Lynskey, who responded, “I think this performance is amazing, and he so deserves this nomination!” Someone else added, “YES, he’s on the shortlist I gathered earlier today – his scenes are the best parts of the movie!”
Simon Helberg set to win Best Supporting Actor award this year pic.twitter.com/nrBQv53Chy
– 🌷Maria🌷 (@thenervousgeek) December 4, 2021
“It’s hard to think of many movies like this,” Helberg said of Annette in a previous interview with Golden Derby. “So at first glance, it’s incredibly attractive.” He went on to explain that he had devoted “a tremendous amount” of effort to researching his role as a conductor.
“I went through these orchestral scores, I studied with a vocal coach, and the puppeteers on set worked with us,” Helberg said. He also shared that the director of the film, Leos Carax, was very firm in his approach to make the scenes perfect. “There just wasn’t much room for error,” the actor recalls, “and I would say the impossible has always been asked of us.”
Elaborating on her character’s relationship with Cotillard’s character, Ann, Helberg provided some insight into how the attendant felt about Ann and her child with Henry McHenry (driver). “For me, it was about protecting this little girl,” Helberg explained. “There is a quest for love in this movie, I think, of all of these characters, and to be loved and to determine if you are worthy of being loved.” Annette currently streams on Amazon Prime, where subscribers of the service can watch it anytime at no additional cost.