1 Feb 2011

The King's Speech picks up more accolades

8:58 pm on 1 February 2011

The film The King's Speech has had a boost to its Oscars chances after claiming the top honour at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG).

The SAGs are the last major award ceremony before next month's Academy Awards and often set the tone for Hollywood's night of nights.

The 98,000 actors who decide the SAG Awards anointed The King's Speech the outstanding cast in a motion picture prize - the equivalent of the Academy's best picture Oscar - ahead of challengers The Social Network, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right and Black Swan.

The film's male lead, Colin Firth, won the SAG best actor category, but the Geoffrey Rush, a supporting actor nominee, missed out on the award to Oscar favourite Christian Bale for The Fighter.

A fortnight ago The Social Network, a film detailing the rise of Facebook, appeared set to be the dominant film at the Oscar ceremony on 27 February, AAP reports.

But The King's Speech has since picked up huge support, earning 12 Oscar nominations last week and winning top awards at the Producers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America galas.