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

By David Germain

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 30 2011 12:35 a.m. MST

LOS ANGELES — Tom Hooper has pulled off an upset win for the top film honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his British monarchy tale "The King's Speech."

Hooper won out Saturday night over David Fincher, who has been considered the favorite for Hollywood's main directing prizes, including the Academy Award on Feb. 27.

The guild win for Hooper sets up a showdown between him at Fincher at the Oscars, where "The King's Speech" leads with 12 nominations.

The Directors Guild honor is one of the most-accurate forecasts for the Oscars. Only six times in the 62-year history of the guild awards has the winner failed to take home the directing Oscar.

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