SAN FRANCISCO--Anime film director Hayao Miyazaki will receive the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) in January, the association has announced.

Miyazaki, 77, who won the LAFCA’s Best Animation Award for “Spirited Away” in 2002, was described by the association as one of the greatest animation directors of all time.

He has “transported our members--and audiences around the world--to his enchanting, indelible and vividly imaginative worlds through his gorgeous and thematically rich animation,” the LAFCA said in its announcement.

Miyazaki is currently working on a feature length film titled, “How Do You Live?”

The prestigious Career Achievement Award has honored some of the greats in film, including Orson Welles and Billy Wilder.

The award presentation is scheduled for January next year in Los Angeles.