Monaghan's Caitriona Balfe has been invited to join the world-famous Academy.
The invitation means the local actress could soon join the Oscars voting ranks.
Caitriona is among 397 distinguished artists and executives invited to join the organization.
Membership selection is based on professional qualifications and this year's class of invitees includes 71 Oscar nominees.
Caitriona says she is "thrilled to have been invited to join The Academy", calling it a "privilege and an honour".