The 39-year-old actor, whose mother is of Irish descent, will be feted alongside Outlander star Caitriona Balfe, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and funnyman Martin Short at the pre-Oscars bash celebrating America's artistic links with Ireland.

Abrams, who directed Quinto in the first two films in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, will host the ceremony on behalf of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance at the Los Angeles offices of his Bad Robot film production company on 23 February (17).

Trina Vargo, the president of the organisation, told Irish broadcaster RTE, "We're delighted to honour Zachary. He is an Irish American, on his mother's side, and he lived and worked in Galway for a time during his college years."

Oscar-winning musician Hansard will perform at the 12th annual edition of the ceremony, which is held the week before the Academy Awards.

The folk troubadour won his Academy Award for his collaboration with Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova on the song Falling Slowly, which appeared in the 2007 film Once, a movie starring the pair as struggling musicians.

Quinto, Hansard, Balfe and Short follow last year's (16) Oscar Wilde honourees, which included Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, rockers Snow Patrol, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, and talk show host James Corden, who was named an "honorary Irishman" at the event.