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ITT SHERATON CORPORATION PRESENTS CELEBRATION OF HOLLYWOOD-STYLE ACADEMY AWARDS

 ITT SHERATON CORPORATION PRESENTS
 CELEBRATION OF HOLLYWOOD-STYLE ACADEMY AWARDS
 WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Sheraton Corporation is proud to present a very unique celebration of Hollywood's annual Academy Awards in the nation's capital. A party designed to reflect the glamour and excitement of Los Angeles' Oscar presentation, this fourth annual affair has become one of the hottest tickets in Washington, renowned for its ingenious recreation of the actual ceremony and star-studded parties in Hollywood.
 "A Night of the Academy Awards" will be held at The Carlton Hotel on Monday, March 30, from 7 p.m.-midnight. All of the party participants have completed ballots for their Oscar choices. The two guests whose selections match those of the Academy will receive a weekend for two at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla., including two one-day passes to MGM Studios and an audition for a part in one of the Disney Channel's popular shows or a weekend for two at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers with front row seats at "Saturday Night Live." American Airlines will provide complimentary round trip airfare to Orlando and New York.
 Guests at the ITT Sheraton Academy Awards party will be able to travel 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 rooms will feature the Oscars telecast for viewing throughout the evening.
 Guests arriving at this black tie gala will walk up a long red carpet amidst the interplay of moving spotlights and immediately be accosted by enthusiastic fans and autograph seekers. Legendary stars Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor lookalikes will regally oversee the proceedings. Two eight-foot replicas of the gold Oscars will flank the doorway of the terrace, and as guests enter, hat check girls clad in casino attire will whisk their coats away.
 VIP ITT Sheraton Executives John Herold, executive vice president and president - North America operations; Rick Segal, director, Operations Support/Luxury Division; Bob Cotter, senior vice president, director of marketing and product management; Keefer Welch, vice president, director of sales North America, and other distinguished ITT Sheraton executives will greet the attendees.
 Guests entering The Carlton Terrace will walk over a drawbridge which hovers over a murky moat and will come upon a perfect palatial setting for the first-ever animated film nominated for Best Picture, "Beauty and the Beast."
 The Beast's fairy tale castle will provide the dreamlike ambiance for an elegant cocktail hour replete with champagne, wines and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.
 Surrounding the sidewalls, a fantasy forest of glowing green trees flecked with snow looms against silhouetted castle spires and brick walls draped in ivy. Among the trees will be replicas of the animated household items that magically come to life in the movie.
 Set amidst a dramatic backdrop of the awesome beast and his demure beauty will be several attendants in medieval garb tending the bountiful banquet fit for royalty. The Hunter's Table will loaded with suckling pig, smoked turkey with fruit chutneys and baskets of bread and rolls. Pink roses will spill from a dramatically lighted and colored fountain surrounded by a variety of terrines and pates, smoked fish and meat, cheeses, fruit and fresh vegetables.
 At 9 p.m., guests will be able to partake of a fantasy of dessert delicacies, which include mousses, petit fours, scones and long-stem strawberries.
 As the lush music from "Beauty and the Beast" fills the room, Belle and her beastly prince will waltz the night away on an elegant dance floor.
 From this romantic interlude, guests will move to a well- remembered reality in the Crystal Ballroom's rendition of Oliver Stone's movie "JFK." This Washington setting will focus on the powerful Presidential Oval Office which will feature the presidential desk, flag, eagle and official seal. An enlarged model of the lighted Lincoln Memorial will be outlined by a starlit sky.
 Encircling Secret Service agents will serve cuisine indigenous to the local area including Mount Vernon Duck, Chesapeake Bay Oysters and Virginia Ham. This White House-like dinner will also include Southwestern Texas favorites such as Barbecued Brisket, ribs, quesadillas and accompaniments such as spicy bean salads and corn muffins.
 A six-piece '60s-style band will play Motown and rock & roll music reminiscent of this generation and era.
 The third Oscar nominated movie, "Silence of the Lambs," will be featured in the adjacent foyer where guests will gasp as they find themselves face-to-face with the notorious Hannibal Lechter. Fortunately, "Hannibal the Cannibal" is enclosed behind metal bars, but his fellow inmates are not, and they roam the room serving Bloody Marys and Chianti wine. Gourmet prison fare includes lamb chops and steak tartare accompanied by sparkling waters and fresh-baked bread.
 Traces of serial killer Buffalo Bill strewn around the room include a sewing machine, dress mannequin and his prized pet poodle "Precious." The sinister soundtrack of "Silence of the Lambs" fills the room adorned with paper pistol targets of human forms used at the FBI Training Academy.
 From the macabre to "the Mob," guests will next witness the glittering Las Vegas world of "Bugsy." A glowing pink "Flamingo" sign marks the entrance to the Chandelier Room which leads into a gambling casino replete with roulette wheels and blackjack tables. Guests can try their luck "at the tables" or dance the night away to the big band sound of a five-piece orchestra.
 Glamorous Las Vegas show girls will serve highballs and hors d'oeuvres while a lavish buffet will feature Little Italy's best antipasti. Capping off the evening will be a series of desserts culminating with a towering birthday cake draped in tiny white lights and inscribed "Happy Birthday, Millicent."
 The State Salon will be dedicated to the fifth and final Oscar nominated movie, "Prince of Tides," and will reflect the romance of spring in Central Park and the ethnic charm of the "Big Apple." A glittering New York skyline will be suspended on an entire wall while the movie's sweeping soundtrack plays throughout the room. Park benches and street lamps complete the decor. Gourmet-style street vendors will distribute ice cream, frozen yogurt and sodas as well as New York-style pizza and knishes. For where else but beneath a New York skyline could romance bloom just like in the movies?
 At 9 p.m., the Academy Awards will be projected onto a huge screen as brightly clad usherettes pass out concession stand items such as popcorn, Cracker Jacks, Milk Duds, Raisinettes, licorice twirls and M&Ms. During the commercial breaks, 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.
 "A Night at the Academy Awards" is a private party through the joint efforts of ITT Sheraton Corporation, Sheraton City Centre Hotel and Towers, The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, Sheraton Washington, The Carlton and affiliated hotels. It is one of several five-star events held throughout the country in conjunction with ITT Sheraton's largest sales blitz in history, "Here Comes ITT Sheraton!"
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen Keenan of The Carlton, 202-638-2626/ CO: ITT Sheraton Corporation ST: District of Columbia IN: ENT SU:


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