[WATCH] ‘Adam Ruins Everything’: Pete Hammond helps Adam ruin the Oscars

Adam Ruins Everything” returned to truTV with new episodes on Tuesday, August 23, and right on the eve of the fall Oscar marathon, host Adam Conover decided to ruin the Oscars in the episode’s spot-on opening segment. Watch it above.

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Those who closely follow Gold Derby already know how much schmoozing, advertising and lobbying goes into a full-blown Oscar campaign and how much it can cost. Conover lays out all the dirty details with the help of Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), who explains, “Even a flop can make money with a nomination. Getting nominated is just good for business … Spending money doesn’t guarantee you’re going to win, but if you want to have a chance you’d better campaign.”

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“Adam Ruins Everything” debuted in September 2015 and follows Conover as he explains how traditions and institutions we take for granted aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, from engagement rings, to airport security, to restaurants. In addition to taking on the Oscars in the season premiere episode, Conover also poked holes in award-show fashion and revealed how decidedly “unreal” the reality TV business is. In upcoming episodes he also deflates football and tells the cold hard truth about love and marriage.

What do you think of Conover’s dissection of the business of winning Oscars? Watch it above, and click here to discuss TV and film awards in our forums.

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