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Hooper gets top DGA prize for 'King's Speech'

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter are seen in 'The King's Speech.' (The Weinstein Company)

January 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Tom Hooper, director of "The King's Speech" took the top honor for Best Directorial Achievement at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday night.

The DGA award is traditionally a strong indicator of who will win the directing Oscar.

Only six times in the 62-year history of the Guild Awards has the winner failed to take home the Oscar.

For the 23rd time, Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony in Hollywood.

To be back here a second time is extraordinary," said Hooper, an Emmy winner for the miniseries "Elizabeth I" and a previous Directors Guild nominee for the miniseries "John Adams."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.