Pedro Almodovar honoured in London as stars pay tribute

Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar was honoured in the capital on Thursday by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Joined by his friends, family and colleagues, guests included brother Agustin Almodovar, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and actresses Amanda Richardson, Rossy de Palma and Leonor Watling.

The Spanish filmmaker was in high spirits and recalled the moment that he was told of the Academy's decision to honour him.

He said: "I was very happy because you don't work just thinking about awards, or these kind of tributes. But when someone thinks about doing it for your career I was very, very happy,.

"I made 19 movies, so I worked with really hundreds of actors and technicians – but let's say that the people that tonight are with me are very important in my life and my career.

“They're a part of my production company El Deseo and also actors like Javier Camara or Rossy de Palma or Leonor that were...without their presence I cannot think about my movies."

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier described the man of the hour as "incredible."

"It's fabulous, I have three times the experience of working with him. I learned a lot, he's incredible,” Gaultier explained.

“Truly he's an incredible director and he's very specific. He knows exactly what he wants."

Singer, actress and model Grace Jones was the last to arrive, citing the London traffic for her late arrival. Before rushing in to join her great friend, Jones strutted on the red carpet and posed for photographers.

Almodovar is part of a creative generation that emerged after Spain ended decades of dictatorship in the late 1970s. His quirky and sometimes outrageous films helped launch the careers of Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem.