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‘King’s Speech,’ Firth, Portman win SAG prizes

- Associated Press - Sunday, January 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The King's Speech" has won the best-actor trophy for Colin Firth and a second honor for its overall cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The two prizes Sunday capped a weeklong surge of Hollywood honors for the British monarchy saga, which is building momentum for the Feb. 27 Academy Awards, where the Facebook drama "The Social Network" previously had looked like the favorite.

Natalie Portman earned the best-actress award at the Screen Actors ceremony for "Black Swan," while "The Fighter" co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo swept the supporting-acting honors, boosting their own prospects come Oscar night.

"The King's Speech" leads Oscar contenders with 12 nominations.

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ "The King's Speech" star Colin Firth and "Black Swan" star Natalie Portman have won lead-performer honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, securing their front-runner status for the Academy Awards.

"The Fighter" co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took the supporting-acting honors Sunday, boosting their own prospects come Oscar night Feb. 27.

"The King's Speech" capped a weeklong surge of Hollywood honors, which included an upset win at Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards for Tom Hooper, who beat favorite David Fincher ("The Social Network").

Last Tuesday, "The King's Speech" claimed a leading 12 Oscar nominations, and it pulled a surprise win for top honors from the Producers Guild of America the previous weekend.

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