Colin Firth was acclaimed Actor of the Year at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards for his portrayal of stuttering monarch King George VI and said it was "more than we could have hoped for".
The King's Speech lost out to The Social Network for Film of the Year at the event at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London's Southbank, but picked up awards for British Film of the Year and British Director of the Year.
Speaking backstage, Oscar favourite Colin said: "Films like this depend entirely on what people say about them. They don't depend on the money because there wasn't much, they don't depend on a big studio machine or a big financial apparatus."
Asked about stories that the Queen had seen the film and enjoyed it, he said: "It means a very great deal to me if that is the case."
He added: "I've had some fantastic ups and downs which have not necessarily been consistent with how they've been received so I've had a lot of highs and this is certainly one of them."
It's the second year in a row that Colin has won the award - he picked it up last year for A Single Man.
Kristin Scott Thomas was presented with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema by Sam Taylor-Wood, who directed her in John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.
Annette Bening was named Actress of the Year for her role in The Kids Are All Right.
And The Social Network was the most successful film on the night, winning four awards.
The Facebook film also won Director of the Year for David Fincher, British Actor in a Supporting Role for Andrew Garfield and Screenwriter of the Year for Aaron Sorkin.