When he wasn't taking up all of Ben Affleck's victory speech time -- "Argo" producer Grant Heslov says he managed to avoid THE GREAT TOILET DISASTER at the Oscars last night using a time-tested technique ... he held it.
Heslov -- along with his wife Lisa -- took his freshly scored Best Picture statue out to party at Craig's in Hollywood last night ... when we asked about the plumbing catastrophe at the Dolby Theatre.
Heslov told us he wasn't "personally" affected ... but he's one of the lucky ones.
As we first reported, the lobby was soaked in toilet water after a water pipe burst in one of the bathrooms.
So far, officials have not revealed the person who dropped the nasty toilet-bomb that destroyed the pipes ... but our money's on Anne Hathaway.
In the Toilet
Flushing Causes Flood ... Reportedly
2/25/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Someone reportedly unloaded in one of the bathrooms at the Oscars and flooded the lobby ... TMZ has learned.
We're told a water pipe burst inside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, just before the opening curtain was pulled. The custodial staff handled the situation with vacuums.
No one on stage has mentioned it ... but it's apparently quite a thing.
L.A. City Fire did not know the nature of the leak, but there is one report from someone on scene that a toilet triggered it.
Our money is on someone who couldn't quite fit into what they were wearing ... you know what we're saying.
2013 Academy Awards
The Good, The Bad
and Les Miserables
2/25/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
2/24/2013 5:30 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Finally Gets the Support
2/24/2013 5:18 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Kristen Stewart carefully made her way down the red carpet at the Oscars with the help of Robert Pattinson Rupert Sanders crutches.
They won't let her down.
Never Looked So Good
2/24/2013 5:04 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Are You Wearing?
2/24/2013 4:53 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Nicole Kidman made a pit stop at the La Brea Tar Pits on the way to the Oscars.
Well, at least her body looks amazing.
2/24/2013 4:50 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Back in Black
2/24/2013 4:45 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
After the brief blip that was her Mrs. Roper Grammy getup, Adele went back to wearing her black dresses to the Oscars on Sunday.
What gal doesn't love a little black dress?
Goes Big at the Oscars
2/24/2013 4:17 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
The biggest star at the Oscars ... is Melissa McCarthy's hair.
Not only is Melissa a presenter tonight, but her movie "Identity Thief" is #1 at the box office for a second week.
Take that, Rex Reed.
Good Morning Oscars!
2/24/2013 3:13 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Red Carpet Rewind!
2/24/2013 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
With the 85th Academy Awards just hours away, travel back in time and check out the best and worst looks from last year's red carpet.
**Be sure to check back this evening to check out all of this year's Oscars awesomeness!**
Security Team 'Extra Vigilant' In Wake of Mass Shootings
2/24/2013 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Law enforcement is on extra-high alert for tonight's Oscars ... given the wave of gun violence across the country ... various law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The LAPD's official position is that they are always vigilant at Oscar ceremonies and security is tight. But multiple law enforcement sources tell us ... there is "an extra knot" in security this year because of all the shootings that have made big news in the U.S..
One LAPD honcho tells us ... the general climate right now is intense: "When someone from the city gets fired, the city manager of the department calls because they're scared the person who was fired will go postal." The source adds, "People are going crazy with fear."
On the stalker front ... we're told the LAPD gives a private security company -- Security Industry Specialists (SIS) -- an information packet of stalkers who are harassing stars who are attending the Oscars. The packets include pictures of the stalkers, which are distributed to security in the field.
Times are tense.