New York's Museum of Modern Art announced Friday a tribute to the moviemaking career of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar at a Nov. 15 benefit gala hosted by Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

"With his latest film, 'La Piel que Habito' (The Skin I Live In), he has once again shown his genius at innovation, so we thought this would be the perfect time to honor Pedro Almodovar," the chief curator of the MoMA film department, Rajendra Roy, told Efe.

The director, winner of two Oscars for "Todo Sobre Mi Madre" (All About My Mother) in 1999 and "Hable con Ella" (Talk to Her) in 2002, will be the star of the 4th edition of the museum's gala benefit that honors the lifetime career of a renowned filmmaker, and whose revenues serve to maintain the MoMA film library.

"There are many things we love about his movies, but above all it's seeing that though time passes he remains faithful to his own style," Roy said of the director's long career with almost a score of movies to his credit since the 1980 premiere of "Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Monton" (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom).

Besides Cruz and Banderas, two acclaimed artists whose careers are intimately linked to that of Almodovar, the Nov. 15 gala will include other celebrities including designer Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.