LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) — The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony started with an extravagant, pre-taped, song-and-dance number.
The scene opens with host Jimmy Fallon sitting in a limo, stuck in traffic, on his way to the big event.
He bursts into song, gets out of the car and starts running down the red carpet where he greets Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, Rami Malek, Kit Harrington, the kid stars of “Stranger Things,” and scores of dancers dressed like characters from the nominated movies and TV shows.
Fallon is then seen inside a studio, playing a piano a la “La La Land” and singing to Ryan Reynolds, before Fallon’s former “Saturday Night Live” co-star Tina Fey arrives. Fallon doesn’t want to talk to her, though, and shoves her aside for a dance with and pep talk from Justin Timberlake, a frequent “SNL” and “The Tonight Show” guest.
When Fallon finally went live, he started off with: “Hi, hey. How ya doing everybody? Thank you, thank you so much, everybody. Welcome to the Golden Globes. Already the Teleprompter is down, so this is great way to start the show. I can do impressions. What do we do here? … This is great. We have another monitor coming in. I can just, you know what? I can just make this monologue up.”
“This is the Golden Globes,” he continued, “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote. But this is great, really. You guys are the best of the best — you’re the best of TV, the best of movies, the best of music. Just look at who we have in the room.”
He then did a spot-on impression of comedian Chris Rock riffing on how no one from the multiple nominated “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” is likely to thank the real-life subject of the miniseries, who was accused of double murder.
“They’ll be thanking the lighting guy. They’re going to thank the key grip. No one’s going to thank O.J.,” Fallon as Rock went on.
He also teased actor nominee Casey Affleck about “Manchester by the Sea,” a drama he categorized as “the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016.”