Ruth Negga, Ciaran Hynds, Domhnall Gleeson given voting rights for the Oscars
Irish actors Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Negga will have a say in naming next year's Oscar nominees.
The actors have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Class of 2017.
They will be joined by veteran Irish actor veteran Ciarán Hinds.
Negga made the cut for her performance in critically acclaimed film Loving.
Gleeson has not been nominated for an Oscar, but last year he appeared in four films that received multiple nominations; Ex Machina, Brooklyn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant.
Gleeson is also tipped to pick up numerous nominations in the coming months for his depiction of Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin.
The Academy has invited several Irish actors and filmmakers to become members in recent years.
These include Gleeson's father Brendan, directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Crowley, Room author Emma Donoghue, Saoirse Ronan and U2 front man Bono.
This year's classmates include people from 57 countries in a bid to diversify the Academy's predominantly white, male membership.
Under the leadership of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy vowed to make its membership, which in 2016 was 92pc white and 75pc male, more inclusive.
Of this year's 774 invitees, 39pc are female and 30pc people are of colour.
It marks a 300pc increase in racial diversity since the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite debacle.
Isaacs said it is up to the Academy "to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us."
This year's class is 774 strong and includes 'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot, comedian Amy Poehler and Mr Robot actor Rami Malek.
Former Twilight star Kristen Stewart, wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Harry Potter's Ron Weasley - Rupert Grint - are also all invitees.
Get Out director Jordan Peele, comedian Rebel Wilson and Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones were also among the invitees, along with Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed.
This year's crop also includes Moonlight best picture director Barry Jenkins, Hamilton musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and fashion designer Tom Ford.
The oldest invitee is Betty White at 95 with Elle Fanning the youngest at 19.