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SAG Awards: 'The King's Speech' wins top prize

January 30, 2011 |  7:03 pm

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"The King's Speech" won the Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

It's the guild's equivalent of best film of the year and positions the film about King George VI's attempts to stop stuttering as the film to beat at the Academy Awards next month. The win came moments after its star, Colin Firth, won for outstanding male actor in a leading role. Though "The Social Network" had the most momentum at the beginning of the awards season by winning the majority of critics honors as well as the Golden Globe for best dramatic film, "The King's Speech" has been gaining speed in recent weeks: It won the Producers Guild Award last week and director Tom Hooper won the Directors Guild Award Saturday night. The film leads in Oscar nominations, with 12 nods.

The film was competing against "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Social Network."

The awards — which dole out honors in both TV and film — were being held at the Shrine Exhibition Hall and telecast live simultaneously on TNT and TBS.

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Photo: Colin Firth, left, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush introduce a clip from their film "The King's Speech" at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film would win the SAG Awards' top prize. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

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