The King's Speech actor Colin Firth has won one of the first – and most coveted – prizes of awards season.
He walked away with the best actor gong at the Golden Globes for his portrayal of King George VI, who overcame a stutter to assume his role.
Speaking from the podium, he thanked his "exquisitely no-nonsense queen", Helena Bonham Carter – Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the film.
The ceremony is usually regarded as a solid indicator of next month's Oscar winners.
And another Briton, Christian Bale, now has reason to be hopeful of triumphing at the Academy Awards.
His portrayal of a drug-addicted boxer in The Fighter earned him a best supporting actor trophy this weekend.
Meanwhile, Natalie Portman was honoured in the best actress category for playing a tortured ballerina in psychological thriller Black Swan.
Facebook tale The Social Network won top honors with four prizes, including best drama and director.
Emotional Colin dedicates Hollywood star to wife Livia
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