Firth wins best actor Golden Globe
Colin Firth is celebrating after being named best actor at the Golden Globes.
He was handed the accolade for his portrayal of stammering King George VI in The King's Speech, boosting his chances of an Oscar nomination later this month.
There was also success for Welsh actor Christian Bale, who took home the supporting actor gong for his role in The Fighter at the Los Angeles awards ceremony.
British hopes had been pinned on The King's Speech, which tells the story of the unlikely relationship between the monarch and an Australian speech therapist who helps him cope with his stammer. It was nominated in seven categories, but Firth's award was the only one it picked up on the night.
Accepting his award, Firth referred to his age and said: "To get to this stage of your life with your dignity and judgment intact can be somewhat precarious. Sometimes all you need is a bit of gentle reassurance to keep you on track but right now this (the award) is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson."
His co-star Helena Bonham Carter, who missed out in the best supporting actress category to The Fighter's Melissa Leo, said: "I'm really glad Colin won, it was fine. I was so glad I didn't have to get up and give a speech."
The actress admitted she was not too upset The King's Speech missed out to The Social Network for best picture.
She said: "At the time you're just glad you don't have to get up. I'm slightly split because I really like David Fincher (who won the best director award for The Social Network) because I've worked with him, but whatever, all I care about is if I'm going to get another job, that's all it's about."
The King's Speech director Tom Hooper was equally gracious in defeat, saying: "I'm thrilled for Colin, I was just pleased to be in the room with seven nominations in the first place."
In his acceptance speech, Batman star Bale paid tribute to co-star Mark Wahlberg, saying: "I've really got to give a shout-out to Mark, because he drove this whole movie, and you can only give a loud performance like the one I gave when you have a quiet anchor and a stoic character. I've played that one many times, and it never gets any notice."