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Eddie Redmayne

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Eddie Redmayne fittingly celebrates his birthday today, nice and early in 2016 as he embarks on his most important year of life yet!

And not just because he's in the Oscar conversation for the second year in a row after turning in a stunning performance in The Danish Girl. No, the real game-changing will occur when the charming redhead with the fabulously expressive face becomes a first-time dad.

Just as he navigated awards season a year ago as a newlywed, another major milestone will be afoot as the red carpet gauntlet heats up this Sunday at the Golden Globes—where of course he's nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama.

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His fans have only have more to look forward to this year, as well, with Redmayne's next starring role coming in the considerably high-profile Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in theaters Nov. 18.

But we've been enjoying the dashing Brit's cinematic company for some time now, though admittedly our long-distance love affair kicked into high gear over the last couple of years. (If only we'd known enough to ask Prince William for an introduction back when they were schoolmates at Eton!)

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If for some reason you missed out on your required dose of Redmayne in 2015, you at least have a new year to catch up. In the spirit of sharing the love, and in honor of the actor's 34th birthday, we've pinpointed these moments to help with the swooning process:

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He's so in touch with his feelings! And we wouldn't mind being in touch with his feelings either...

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There's nothing to really explain about why you should love him after seeing this. Vanity Fair sure put him through his paces for this 2013 photo shoot. We can only imagine how smitten the bear was afterward!

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Well, if Amanda Seyfried isn't into it, we'll take him.

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Those who saw The Theory of Everything were less shocked by Eddie's meteoric rise than he was. Look at him taking it all in on Oscar night 2015, with the help of our very own Ryan Seacreast. And the evening only proceeded to get more triumphant from there...

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Because then he won! After a congratulatory smooch from his then-new bride Hannah Bagshawe...

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He darted up the stairs, celebrating in disbelief all the way...

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Resulting in the relentlessly adorable nervous tie adjustment...

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And then proceeding with "wows!" all around.

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Oops, there he goes!