Colin Firth and The King’s Speech have picked up more awards at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Colin Firth scooped the best actor prize, while The King’s Speech won the overall acting ensemble prize, the equivalent of a best picture award.

Film-maker Tom Hooper won the outstanding directorial achievement award at the event.

Natalie Portman was hailed best actress for her part in ballet melodrama Black Swan, while Christian Bale picked up the award for best supporting role in boxing drama The Fighter.

The King’s Speech is expected to clean up at the Oscars on February 27 as it has already received 12 nominations in total – more than any other British independent movie ever.

Firth has been nominated for an Oscar, along with co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.