Pedro Almodóvar has been named this year’s recipient of the WGA West’s Jean Renoir Award, which recognizes an international writer who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriting. The award will be presented at the WGAW’s Awards ceremony on February 14.
Spain’s Almodovar has written, directed, and produced more than 20 feature films over the last three decades and won the Original Screenplay Oscar for 2002’s Talk To Her, for which he also received an Oscar nom for best director. His other films include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Volver, Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, High Heels, Kika, The Flower Of My Secret, Live Flesh and All About My Mother. His most recent film was the 2013 comedy I’m So Excited, and he’s currently prepping his next film, Silencio.
“Almodóvar – the first name is almost unnecessary – is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Buñuel and so much more than that,” said WGA West VP Howard Rodman in announcing the honor. “His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts.”