Champagne is popping in Limerick as Ruth Negga's family celebrate her Oscar nomination
A "truly humbled" Ruth Negga was the toast of Tinseltown last night after landing an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category for her starring role in Loving.
The 35-year-old leads the trio of Irish nominations in this year's awards and the green flag will be flying high at the event in Hollywood next month.
Limerick-born Ruth was over the moon after receiving her first Academy Award nod for playing the determined Mildred Loving in the story about an inter-racial marriage in Virginia during the 1960s.
"I am truly humbled by the news, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton," Ruth said in a statement last night.
"It has been such an honour to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
"The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history.
"To be among such extraordinary women - my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me.
"This means a really great deal to me."
However, there were some raised eyebrows after it emerged that the official Oscars website had named Amy Adams in the listing of Best Actress instead of Ruth.
In a second mistake, the website mentioned Tom Hanks as Best Actor, when he too didn't appear on the original list. ABC Digital has reportedly taken responsibility for the mistake, apologising for any confusion caused.
In more Oscar-nomination success, designer Consolata Boyle was nominated for her work on the stunning costumes in Florence Foster Jenkins.
Meanwhile, The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, was included in the Best Screenplay category.
This is the second year that a movie by Element Pictures featured in the Oscars, following on from Room last year.
Ruth will be up against some stiff competition on the night.
Among those in the same category are Hollywood heavyweight and Florence Foster Jenkins star Meryl Streep, making it her 20th Oscar nomination.
Ruth is also up against Emma Stone in La La Land, Natalie Portman in Jackie and Isabelle Huppert in Elle.
Her nomination has been lauded by those who have been campaigning for more racial div- ersity in the awards, given that she's one of six black actors who will be fighting it out for a gong.
Speaking from Limerick last night, Ruth's uncle, Ger Malone, said they were "all delighted for her".
"There's pride in all the family here in Dooradoyle, and we'll probably have a glass of something to celebrate. We're all absolutely so proud of her," he said.
Mr Malone said all the family in Limerick will be watching with "total anticipation" on Oscars night.
"The majority of her family are in Limerick - aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her mum is in the UK and she visits Limerick frequently," said Mr Malone.
"Her dad passed away a long time ago. Ruth loves holidaying in Kerry - she loves to go to Castlegregory for holidays and breaks.
''She enjoys west Kerry, and she loves coming home to Limerick to see her family."
Also hoping to take home a statuette next month will be Dublin-native Boyle, who's a second-time Oscar nominee.
A UCD graduate of archaeology and history who went on to train as an actress, she was previously nominated for her work on huge 2007 hit The Queen.
Her latest work on Florence Foster Jenkins saw her having to dress Streep's character.