Tom Hooper has pulled off an upset win for the top film honour at the Directors Guild of America awards for The King's Speech.
Hooper won in Los Angeles on Saturday night over David Fincher, director of The Social Network, who had been considered the favourite for Hollywood's main directing prizes, including the Academy Award on February 27.
The 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 honour 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.