You had to figure Jimmy Fallon wouldn’t pull a Ricky Gervais, just strolling out on stage with a big drink to insult everyone. But he went a lot bigger for his gig as Golden Globes host. Fallon, who doesn’t really do “mean,” but does do impersonations and potentially viral video bits, recreated the opening freeway musical number from La La Land, and loaded it with nerdy references aplenty
At first glance, it looked like he’s populated the scene with characters from all this year’s big movies. There was Deadpool, a Stormtrooper, an army guy probably meant to be Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge. And then Nicole Kidman! Dolores from Westworld! Amy Adams with hazmat suit guys from Arrival! Jon Snow coming back to life! And best of all, a Stranger Things rap by the young cast that may or may not have just offered a big revelation in regards to season 2.
As to who would play Emma Stone to Fallon’s Ryan Gosling, it seems no one person could do her part justice. So we got two: longtime Fallon BFFs Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake.
You can freeze-frame the video above and probably catch even more references. We’re just happy to see so many of the movies and shows we love and obsess over get their due at a major awards ceremony.
How do you think Jimmy Fallon fared as a host? Was his gentler approach a necessary corrective to years past, or too kind? Share your feelings in comments below.