Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar is set to receive a top screenwriting honour from the Writers Guild of America.

The Volver director will be presented with the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, which recognises "an international writer who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter".

Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman says, "Almodovar is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light... 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...

"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."

Almodovar joins Ben Affleck as an honouree at the Los Angeles leg of the Writers Guild Awards, which will take place on 14 February (15). The Argo star will receive the Valentine Davies Award for his charity work.