‘Monty’ men keep their Oscar dates

New dads in town for ceremonies

NEW YORK — Although their sleeper hit “The Full Monty” is firmly an underdog going into tonight’s Oscar ceremony, producer Uberto Pasolini and director Peter Cattaneo are happy to be able to sit in the Shrine Auditorium to see if the Fox Searchlight film wins one of the four trophies it’s up for, including best picture and best director.

Both producer and director are in from London after becoming fathers over the past week. Last week it seemed unlikely they’d be able to attend, but early deliveries turned things around.

Second-time Oscar nominee Cattaneo became a first-time dad on March 14. His son, Louis, clocked in at north of eight pounds in full monty status, giving his proud papa time to spare to confirm his seat at the Shrine.

Pasolini, who’s married to Oscar-winning “Emma” composer Rachel Portman, cut it much closer. Portman was due today, but had a daughter on Thursday. Name and weight were unattainable at press time.

So both fathers got to cradle their infants and be on hand to see if they’ll be cradling a couple of golden guys by evening’s end.

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