Actor/director Paul Mazursky is set to receive the 2014 Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw).

The filmmaker will be feted with the lifetime achievement award on 1 February (14) in Los Angeles.

A statement from Wgaw vice president Howard A. Rodman, reads, "Paul Mazursky's talents as an actor... and filmmaker... should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: he is among our greatest living screenwriters.

"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, Harry and Tonto, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, An Unmarried Woman - five films in six years, any of which can make you laugh and cry, break and mend your heart. His voice is strong, unique, hilarious, wise, unmistakable."

Past recipients of the Screen Laurel Award include Barry Levinson, Steven Zaillian and Eric Roth.