The King's Speech wins prize at Directors Guild Awards

British movie The King's Speech was awarded the top honour at this year's Directors Guild of America Awards.

Tom Hooper was presented with the outstanding directorial achievement award at the show.

The film, which tells the tale of how King George VI overcame his stammer, was last week nominated for 12 Academy Awards.

The winner of the DGA gong has gone on to win the Oscar for best director on all but six times since 1948.

Hooper paid tribute to his mother, who had drawn his attention to the story after she attended a reading of the tale when it was an unproduced play.

"She came home and she rang me up and she said, 'I think I found your next movie'," he said.

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