The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 14.
“Almodovar – 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. “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. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ his titles are as evocative as most people’s screenplays.”
“Yet for all their antic energy, Almodovar’s films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending ‘Talk to Her’ is to understand, perhaps for the first time, the full meaning of grace,” Rodman added. “An Almodovar screenplay is a running leap off a Gaudi balcony, it flips, soars, ascends, careens, tumbles, falls – always landing, astonishingly and astonished, on its feet.”
He won an Oscar for screenwriting for “Talk to Her” in 2002 and an Oscar nomination for best director. “Volver” won best screenplay at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Almodovar’s credits include “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” which won the Silver Medallion at the Telluride Film Festival and best screenplay (Golden Osella) at the Venice Film Festival; “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”; “High Heels”; “Kika,” which won France’s Cesar for best foreign film; “The Flower of My Secret”; “Live Flesh”; and “All About My Mother,” which won the best director prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival; “Bad Education”; “Broken Embraces” and “I’m So Excited.”
Almodovar is currently prepping to film his next feature “Silencio.”
Jean Renoir Award honorees include late Italian screenwriters Suso D’Amico (2009) and Tonino Guerra (2011), and a quartet of iconic Japanese filmmakers – Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima and Hideo Oguni (2013).