The 74th Golden Globes kicked off at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday (8 January) and host Jimmy Fallon wasted no time in taking a dig at President-elect Donald Trump in his monologue, which was marred by a malfunctioning teleprompter.
It was doomed from the start, as Fallon's prompter went on the fritz during his opening monologue and he was forced to squirm and all but beg for patience and forgiveness.
It wasn't just Fallon who indulged in Trump jokes. But I want you to know that I see you.
"This is the Golden Globes", he said in his opening line, "one of the few places left where America honors the popular vote".
Laurie, accepting his award for best supporting actor in The Night Manager, speculated in his speech that this would perhaps be the last Golden Globes ceremony. What emerged overall, however, was tedious and boring, as NBC dispensed with any pretense of edginess by tapping its late-night host, Jimmy Fallon, to emcee the telecast, insuring there wouldn't be any of those uncomfortable moments that, say, Ricky Gervais doled out in the past. I could do impressions. While addressing the audience Fallon chose to break out on an impression of Rock while making a OJ Simpson joke. Besides his particular beef against Jimmy Fallon (who "chose to be complicit in anointing [Trump] a fun-and-friendly guy"), the journalist riffed on La La Land.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said he did not watch the Golden Globes but was "not surprised" he was attacked by 'liberal movie people'.
And while giving a shout out to the accounting firm who count the votes, Fallon joked, "The ballots for tonights Golden Globe Awards were tabulated by Earnst & Young & Putin".
When Ryan Reynolds lost the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, he and actor Andrew Garfield embraced and kissed on the lips.
The Globe wins, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has strengthened the front-runner status of "La La Land" and "Moonlight" for the Oscars in February.
Without any autocue, Falllon had to improvise and he did so by asking for the producers to cut to an image of Justin Timerblake before launching into a a very unusual impression of Chris Rock. Well, viewers haven't forgotten about Donald Trump's appearance on Fallon's The Tonight Show.
Thankfully, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell were on hand to provide some of the best comedy on the night, as they reminisced on the childhood traumas they associate with animated films. And "La La Land" producer Marc Platt offered a similar plea to find art "that unites us, now more than ever".