By Jonathon Dornbush
February 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

J.K. Simmons definitely performed at the right tempo for the Academy.

Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash.

Simmons thanked his wife Michelle Schumacher and his “above average children” in his speech.

Simmons’ win tonight caps off an award season full of honors for his performance as the cruel but talented teacher at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory. On Sunday night, Simmons won an Independent Spirit Award for his role, and he has picked up dozens of awards for in the leadup to the 2015 Oscars.

He’s been recognized by the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the Screen Actors Guild, and a number of critics circles previously.

Stay tuned to all of EW’s Oscars 2015 coverage.