Irish stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Negga and Ciarán Hinds invited to join Oscars’ Academy
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Irish stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Negga and Ciarán Hinds invited to join Oscars’ Academy

IRISH actors Domhnall Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the organisation behind The Academy Awards.

The trio have been invited to join the organisation of 8,000 plus members as part of the Oscars organisers’ 774-strong ‘Class of 2017’.

Each of them will now be eligible to vote in the upcoming 2018 Oscars, joining fellow Irish invitees Emma Donoghue, John Crowley, Lenny Abrahamson and Nora Twomey, who were part of the 2016 class.

Other Irish people that have been invited to become members of The Academy in the past include Michael Fassbender, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan and Bono.

Domhnall Gleeson’s upcoming biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin – in which he stars as Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne – is expected to earn the 34-year-old Dubliner significant attention during the 2018 Oscar season.

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Ruth Negga’s invitation followers her 2017 Best Actress nomination for Loving, while Ciarán Hinds has recently starred in Silence and Bleed For This.

The oldest invitee this year is screen veteran Betty White at 95, with The Beguiled star Elle Fanning the youngest at 19.

Other invitees this year include Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt and American Sniper actress Sienna Miller.

Also named among the Class of 2017 is Sharon Maguire – the filmmaker behind the Bridget Jones films – who was born in Coventry to Irish parents.