Colin Firth has won the Golden Globe for best actor in a movie drama for his role in The King’s Speech.
The Briton’s triumph came on a good night for Facebook tale The Social Network which took four prizes, including best drama and director, solidifying its prospects as an Academy Awards favourite.
Firth was rewarded for his role as King George VI in the monarchy saga.
Natalie Portman took best actress honours for the psychosexual ballet-themed thriller Black Swan.
Lead-acting honours for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story The Kids Are All Right and Paul Giamatti for the curmudgeon tale Barney’s Version.
The boxing drama The Fighter earned both supporting actor Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.