U2 drummer Larry Mullen, costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhaigh and production designer Anna Rackard have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that runs the Oscars, and votes for the winners. 

Mullen has both acted, and written music for screen. Meanwhile Ní Mhaoldomhaigh and Rackard have worked together regularly on movies including Love and Friendship and We Have Always LIved in the Castle and between them have worked with some of the world‘s best known actors and directors, including Neil Jordan, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson and Amy Adams.

Also invited to join the Academy this year was costume designer Catherine George from Belfast.