The Press Association reported that Oscar-nominee Colin Firth was named Actor of the Year at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.

Firth played the role of the stuttering monarch King George VI in The King's Speech. This is the second consecutive year Firth won the award -- he picked it up last year for his role in A Single Man.

Congratulations to the winners in an extremely close-fought year, where so many worthy titles caught the eyes of the critics, said Chairman of the London Film Critics' Circle, Jason Solomons.

I'm particularly thrilled to see Colin Firth again, continuing on his fine form of last year when he won for 'A Single Man' And Kristin Scott-Thomas was an impeccable recipient of our Dilys Powell Award, demonstrating her wit, elegance and graciousness and allowing us all to recall the highlights of a highly impressive career in cinema.

Kristin Scott-Thomas won the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema for her work in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

The Social Network won a total of four awards, including that of Film of the Year. The film, which is about the founding of the social networking site Facebook, also won Director of the Year for David Fincher, Actor in a Supporting Role for Andrew Garfield and Screenwriter of the Year for Aaron Sorkin.

Annette Bening won the Actress of the Year award for her role in The Kids Are All Right.