Lappin & Sheridan fete pic in their own way

HOLLYWOOD — In Beverly Hills for Thursday’s preem of “In America,” Irish producer Arthur Lappin said he was “quietly optimistic” that helmer Jim Sheridan‘s pedigree — two best picture noms from his last four films — might lead to another.

“Look, I don’t care what anyone else says: I’m delighted to get nominated,” said Sheridan. “It’s just a party. If I get there, I’m happy to be there.”

Among those happy to be at the Academy were Fox Searchlight’s Peter Rice, Steve Gilula, Nancy Utley and Claudia Lewis; stars Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou; plus Andrea Corr, who perf’d pic’s title song “Time Enough for Tears” live as the credits rolled.

The night before, Sheridan and child co-stars Sarah and Emma Bolger were greeted with a standing ovation when they walked arm and arm through the aud following the pic’s unspooling in the Variety Screening Series.

Sheridan then tipped his hat to his young thesps. “I said to them (putting his hand on Sarah’s head), ‘Why don’t you say action’ and (putting his hand on Emma), ‘Why don’t you say cut.’ So it’s really a film directed by two kids and me. And I have to thank them,” said Sheridan, before engaging in the ArcLight Q&A with Pete Hammond.

Irish pop giant Bono was skedded to attend Monday night’s preem in Gotham though not expected to sing.

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