Indie rags to riches sensation Slumdog Millionaire continues to storm Hollywood, with British director Danny Boyle scooping top honour at the Director's Guild of America awards.

At Saturday's LA ceremony - which is seen as an indicator of who'll be taking home the director's Oscar – the Indian game show offering saw off fierce competition from fellow Oscar hopefuls David Fincher for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon, The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and Gus Van Sant for Milk.

Charged with presenting a trophy to Ron Howard in the US, back on home turf Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen was himself feted at the Evening Standard Film Awards on Sunday.

The Welsh star shared the best actor award with Irish star Pat Shortt as, unusually, this year's trophy was split. Michael received his for Frost/Nixon, while Pat's was awarded for his portrayal of a lonely pump attendant in 2007 film Garage.

In the best actress category Tilda Swinton pipped Kate Winslet to the post with Julia, while The Reader's Stephen Daldry was announced as best director and Hunger won best film.

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Danny with Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patal and Freida Pinto, at the Director's Guild ceremony during which the 52-year-old was honoured with a best director trophy
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Welsh actor Michael presented an award at the US ceremony (pictured) while in London he shared the best actor honour at the Evening Standard bash