Toilet Floods Oscars Lobby

Pipe bursts just before ceremony starts

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2013 9:35 PM CST

(Newser) – It was a decidedly unglamorous beginning to the Oscars: About half an hour before the show kicked off tonight, a pipe burst in the women's bathroom at the Dolby Theatre and flooded the lobby. It happened when the mom of one of the nominees flushed a toilet, an embarrassing situation described by another nominee to The Wrap: "The poor woman came out looking like a scene from Carrie. She was drenched."

Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)
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