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ITT SHERATON CORPORATION PRESENTS HOLLYWOOD-STYLE ACADEMY AWARDS IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL

 WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Sheraton Corporation is proud to present a unique celebration of Hollywood's Annual Academy Awards in the Nation's Capitol. A gala designed to reflect the glamour and excitement of Los Angeles' Oscar presentation, this fifth-annual event has become one of the most sought-after tickets in Washington, renowned for its ingenious recreation of the actual ceremony and star-studded parties in Hollywood.
 "A night at the Academy Awards" will be held at The Carlton Hotel on Monday, March 29, from 7 p.m. to midnight. All of the guests at the gala will have completed ballots for their Oscar choices. Those whose selections match those of the academy will receive a wild west weekend for two at the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort in Tuscon, Ariz., which will also include a special visit to the Old Tuscon Studios where many famous western films have been produced. American Airlines, an ITT Sheraton Marketing partner, has provided complimentary round trip transportation for two to Tuscon.
 "We are delighted to once again host this spectacular Academy Awards Gala in Washington, DC," said Paul Tribolet, ITT Sheraton vice president, director of sales worldwide. "This five-star event gives us a special opportunity to thank the many prominent association and corporate executives who work directly with many of our premier properties throughout North America."
 "This ITT Sheraton Oscar tradition has become one of the most eagerly anticipated of the year," comments Charles Robinson, area director of sales for the Sheraton Sales Center in Washington, D.C. "We have had in the past so many complimentary responses from our Washington customers on this extraordinary event that they are really curious about how we'll be able to outdo the previous year's success."
 The hotels that join us in sponsoring tonight's festivities represent much of the spectrum of ITT Sheraton's global product offering -- including ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, ITT Sheraton Connections convention properties, Sheraton Suites and our upscale Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in 61 countries," Tribolet said.
 Like the Oscar event itself, ITT Sheraton's "A Night at the Academy Awards" is a private party made possible by a variety of related entities. The event is jointly hosted by ITT Sheraton, its sales center in Washington and three levels of participating properties. The levels are named in honor of the evening. They include, at the Producer Level, the Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC; Sheraton City Centre Hotel, Washington, DC; Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, HI; Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and Towers, Toronto, Ontario and the Carlton, Washington, DC.
 At the directors level the sponsoring hotels are, the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York; Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago; Walt Disney World Dolphin, Orlando, Fla; Sheraton Harbour Island, San Diego; Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans; Sheraton Palace, San Francisco; Sheraton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, Tucson, Ariz., Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers, Boston; Sheraton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, Calif., Sheraton Civic Center Hotel, Birmingham, Ala., and Sheraton Bal Harbour Resort, Miami.
 At the Cast Level the sponsoring hotels include, the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Philadelphia; Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines, LaJolla, Calif.; Sheraton World Resort, Orlando, Fla.; Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers, Seattle; Sheraton Astrodome Hotel, Houston; The Adolphus, Dallas; Sheraton Suites Alexandria, Alexandria, Va.; Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, and Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.
 Attendees at the ITT Sheraton Academy Awards party will experience the spectrum of this year's movies nominated for Best Picture and enjoy the sights, sounds and delicacies these pictures entail. All of The Carlton's meeting rooms will feature the Oscars telecast for viewing throughout the evening.
 Guests arriving at this black tie gala will walk along a long red carpet amidst the interplay of moving spotlights and will be immediately greeted by enthusiastic fans and autograph-seekers. Two eight-foot replicas of the gold Oscars will flank the doorway of the terrace, and as guests enter, hat checkers clad in casino attire will whisk away their coats.
 Guests will then be greeted by the distinguished executives of ITT Sheraton Corporation including Robert F. Cotter, ITT Sheraton executive vice president, director of marketing and product management and Paul Tribolet, ITT Sheraton vice president, director of sales worldwide.
 As they walk through swinging saloon doors, guests entering The Carlton Terrace will be drawn into the spirit of the swashbuckling Old West reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated picture, "Unforgiven." Remnants of an authentic Western town replete with wooden sidewalks and a blacksmith shop, hotel and livery stable transform the room. As guests stroll through the town passing costumed cowboys and bar maids, they will feast from a buck board wagon on such Western favorites as Roast Suckling Pig, Barbeque Baby Back Ribs and Red Bean Chili with Sourdough Bread. Wild West memorabilia around with draped rope, saddles, whiskey barrels and denim and gingham accents, while music by an old-fashioned saloon piano player enlivens the rustic bar and Western ambiance.
 Guests may then move from the Old West motif to the exhilarating atmosphere of New York City where the Oscar-nominated "Scent of a Woman" was filmed. The glittering bejeweled New York skyline will provide a perfect backdrop to the plush restaurant setting so remininscent of the favorite haunts visited by Al Pacino during the movie. Trademark specialties representatives of the affluent Manhattan eateries featured in the film will include a selection of Canapes, Blinis with Sour Cream, Caviar and Smoked Salmon carved to order with Chopped Onion, Capers and Cream Cheese, Mini Bagels and Black Bread. As the evocative soundtrack fills the room, elegantly dressed models with perfume bottles will ask to delicately spray guests with a signature scent.
 Washington D.C., the setting for "A Few Good Men" is breathtakingly embellished in The Carlton's Crystal Room. An expansive replica of the Capital Dome as well as a large three-dimensional model of the Washington Monument are placed strategically in the room and surrounded by 50 authentic U.S. flags. The legal realm which was so pivotal in the movie will also be depicted by the dramatic courtroom setting at the far end of the room. A towering judge's bench will be at the center, flanked by a witness box on one side and a jury box on the other with an austere blue velvet background.
 As A Few Good Men come marching in (part of the uniformed military band that performs in "A Few Good Men") guests will be treated to Washington favorites and Cuban specialties such as Miniature Crab Cakes with Creole Remoulade, Seafood Raw Bar, Fried Plantains, Empanadas and Fried Creole Chicken with Garlic Sauce. Tom Cruise's favorite snacks while preparing for the trial in the movie will also be showcased with selections such as Pizza, Cocoa Puffs and Yoo Hoo Soda.
 Moving from the militaristic "A Few Good Men" to the evocative and subjective milieu of the fourth Oscar-nominated "The Crying Game," guests will encounter a world of a different persuasion. As the haunting soundtrack fills the foyer and dimmed red lighting lends a mysterious ambiance to the intimate cabaret night club stage, a lone singer in sultry attire gazes out of the beaded curtains at the curious crowd. English Pub food favorites such as Fish & Chips, Sausage in Pastry and Margaritas and Guiness Beer will be served to onlookers.
 From the surrealistic setting of "The Crying Game," guests will move to the scenic, garden-like setting of the Chandelier Room to complete the fifth Oscar-nominated movie "Howards End." This traditional English Tea will feature a lovely gazebo which will be surrounded by lattice panels,, topiaries and shrubs with faux marble benches to lounge leisurely while listening to a string quartet playing Tea Dance music. British delicacies such as Tea Sandwiches, Scones with Marmalade, Pastries, Fruits and Berries with Devon Cream and assorted Teas will be offered as genteel butlers present Gin and Tonics to the civilized party-goers.
 At 9 p.m. (EST) the Academy Awards will be projected onto a huge screen as brightly clad usherettes offer concessions stand items such as popcorn, Milk Duds, Raisinettes, licorice twirls and M&Ms. During the commercial break, a series of exclusively designed ITT Sheraton Awards will be presented. The party will conclude with the grand prize drawing in conjunction with the Oscar finale. More than 400 Washingtonians are expected to attend this renowned gala.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen Keenan, 202-638-2626 or Dolores Sanchez of ITT Sheraton Corporation, 617-367-5481/


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