The 74th Golden Globe Awards kicked off with an extended “La La Land” parody that featured host Jimmy Fallon’s take on the opening number “Another Day of Sun,” “City of Stars” and the swooning “Planetarium.” The video included appearances by Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, John Travolta, Kit Harington, Rami Malek, Evan Rachel Wood, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance and the kids from “Stranger Things” performing a brief rap. It was written and directed by Dan Opsal, an Emmy- and WGA-nominated writer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The monologue proper was brief, but it took shots at President-elect Donald Trump, O.J. Simpson and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Live from the Beverly Hilton in California, Fallon initially stumbled when the teleprompter supposedly went down, deeming it the night’s “first Golden Globes moment,” before diving right into the heart of the matter.
“Welcome to the Golden Globes, one of the few places left that still honors the popular vote,” Fallon quipped, beginning the first of many cracks at Trump. At one point, the host brought up the numerous plot twists on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” saying that many people wonder what would happen if King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) had lived. “Well, in 12 days we’re gonna find out.”
He went on to say that the Globe votes were tabulated by “the accounting firm Ernst, Young & Putin,” that the character Florence Foster Jenkins (played by Meryl Streep) turned down performing the inauguration despite being the worst opera singer in the world and that “Manchester by the Sea” was “the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016.”
Fallon also did a long-form impression of Chris Rock, took a jab at Matt Damon by saying his best performance was “telling Ben Affleck that he liked ‘Batman v Superman'” before beginning the show proper by introducing the show’s DJ Questlove and the first round of presenters.
Check out the full list of winners here.