Firth, Portman, Bale, Leo win Screen Actors prizes
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(Source: Associated Press/AP Online)By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES - "The King's Speech" star Colin Firth and "Black Swan" star Natalie Portman have won lead-performer honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, securing their front-runner status for the Academy Awards.

"The Fighter" co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took the supporting-acting honors Sunday, boosting their own prospects come Oscar night Feb. 27.

"The King's Speech" capped a weeklong surge of Hollywood honors, which included an upset win at Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards for Tom Hooper, who beat favorite David Fincher ("The Social Network").

Last Tuesday, "The King's Speech" claimed a leading 12 Oscar nominations, and it pulled a surprise win for top honors from the Producers Guild of America the previous weekend.

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Natalie Portman has won the best-actress honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role as a ballerina losing her hold on reality in "Black Swan."

"The Fighter" swept the supporting honors Sunday for Christian Bale as an ex-fighter whose career unraveled amid drugs and crime and Melissa Leo as the domineering matriarch of a boxing family.

The wins lift Portman, Bale and Leo's prospects at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards.

The night's final individual award was expected to go to Colin Firth as best actor for the British monarchy saga "The King's Speech," which leads Oscar contenders with 12 nominations and has surged forward in the awards race with upset wins at the Directors Guild and Producers Guild awards.

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