The Academy Honors Beloved Spanish Director Pedro Almadovar

Category: Media & Culture / Dec 13, 2012 8:19PM EDT
Friends and colleagues gathered in London on Thursday (December 13) evening to celebrate the work of Pedro Almodovar. The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) honored the Oscar-winning Spanish director for his nearly 40-year-long career. "This is very flattering you know that the AMPAS are think about me and about this tribute, because even when I start working and now you never -- at least I mean I never think about tributes and awards but when they arrive, when they come -- they make me feel very happy because this is in any case about my work or so and my work -- is my life. So, no I am very happy," Almodovar told Reuters Television on the red carpet at the Curzon cinema in Soho. 63 year old Almodovar burst onto the international scene with his 1988 Oscar-nominated film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." He later won a best foreign language Oscar for his 1999 film "All About My Mother" and best original screenplay for 2002's "Talk to Her." Film writer Peter Morgan, whose screen-writing credits include "The Queen" and the most recent 007 movie "Skyfall", added: "He's a national hero in Spain. He's Lionel Messi of cinema and he's you know one of a handful auteur filmmakers that really deserve that title. You know a lot of filmmakers when you hear a film by somebody, it's not really deserved. But in his case it's thoroughly deserved. He's a unique author and completely original voice you know." The Spanish director is known for his portrayal of human emotions and strong female characters as well as his long-standing collaboration with actress Penelope Cruz.