And The Best Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes To… Colin Firth

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Actor Colin Firth holds the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in "The King's Speech" at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Colin Firth’s Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night was everything we want from a speech: eloquent, charming and sincere. We’re so glad he didn’t Melissa Leo it up. 

After a ceremony of missteps and unmemorable moments with very little surprises, NewsFeed was craving a little British charm. And while Firth was the front-runner to win for his wonderful–though historically inaccurate–portrayal of the stuttering King George the VI, he did have some tight competition. Luckily for those of us still actually watching the show, Firth did win, in a victory that prompted him to say, “I have a feeling my career just peaked.”

(More on TIME.com: The King’s Speech cleaned up at the Oscars)

After deadpanning about stifling his urges to physically rejoice (“I have stirrings in the upper abdominals, which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves”), he then went on to thank his cast and crew, his family, and his wife Livia. No scattered rambling, no drawn out production, just a calm, cool and sincere delivery. No trace of a speech impediment here. It was enough to make us swoon over Mr. Darcy yet again. (via CBS)

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