The 2017 Golden Globes were last night and brought with it a major set of wins for Oscar favorite La La Land, as well as some big surprises – in the Best Supporting Actor category Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s unhinged story-within-a-story psycho from Nocturnal Animals beat out favorite Mahershala Ali for his turn in Moonlight. Meanwhile Isabelle Huppert brushed past favourites Amy Adams and Natalie Portman to win Best Actress for her turn as a vengeful rape victim in Elle.
But, of course, awards are only half of the glitzy night. Politics was front and center; Meryl Streep made headlines for her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech where she hit out against Donald Trump, while host Jimmy Fallon made several jokes at the President-Elect’s expense, reigniting the criticism of his head-fluffing pre-election interview. The undisputed highlight, however, was the opening musical number, which aped La La Land‘s catchy songs with a host of the biggest celebrities and characters from 2016.
For those of you who didn’t watch the show and missed it, the whole clip of the Golden Globes’ La La Land-inspired opening has been made available online, care of Fallon’s official YouTube channel. You can watch it, above.
For a five minute clip, it covers a lot of ground. We open with a pastiche of La La Land‘s opening number, “Another Day of Sun”, with Fallon singing about the impending show with support from Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams (flanked by dancers in Arrival‘s space suits), Sarah Paulson and more before moving into a serenading of City of Stars (with whistle support from an always-game Ryan Reynolds and insert drunk Bryan Cranston), and, after a near-miss with Tina Fey, a Planetarium dance with a mocking Justin Timberlake.
The highlights are the on-point TV references – Evan Rachel Wood in full Dolores getup, Kit Harrington snapping awake a la Jon Snow and a rap from the Stanger Things kids that resurrects fan-favourite Barb (flanked by her own troupe of swimming dancers) – but the whole thing, especially the first couple of minutes, is pretty funny.
This awards season is the battle of the Jimmys, with Fallon’s late night talk show rival Kimmel taking on the Oscars at the end of February. Who knows what he’s got up his sleeve for the biggest night on the Hollywood calendar, but it’s going to need to be pretty spectacular to top Fallon’s La La Land.