TelePrompTer Fails as Jimmy Fallon Takes the Stage for the Golden Globes
The host also wondered what it would have been like if King Joffrey had lived in 'Game of Thrones': "Well, in 12 days, we're going to find out."
Jimmy Fallon joked about a small technical problem as he took the stage Sunday for his hosting gig at the 74th annual Golden Globes.
After a La La Land-themed musical number with pals Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and more A-listers, the host poked fun at a problem with the TelePrompTer during his monologue.
As he revealed that the TelePrompTer was down, Fallon promised he could always do impressions. "I can think of something — cut to Justin Timberlake, please, and he'll just wink at me or something — this is great," he said. "You know what, I'll make up this monologue."
Along the lines of technical mix-ups throughout the night, a red-carpet host incorrectly referred to the film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, as "Hidden Fences," confusing it with the Paramount drama Fences. Later, presenter Michael Keaton made the same mistake.
After the first break of the show, Fallon added in a joke about Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve flub, saying, "I just got off the phone with Mariah Carey, and she thinks that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged my monologue."
Fallon inserted a Game of Thrones reference and a Donald Trump dig into his opening once the TelePrompTer was fixed. "A lot of people are wondering what it would have been like if King Joffrey had lived. Well, in 12 days, we're going to find out," he said.
"This is the Golden Globes, one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote," the host said to loud applause from the audience. "The film Florence Foster Jenkins is nominated. The character has been dubbed the world's worst opera singer, and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump's inauguration."
"I can't believe I'm hosting the Golden Globes," said Fallon, introducing his celebrity impressions into the monologue. "I got advice from everybody. Chris Rock said, 'A lot of great shows this year! People v. O.J. going to win! People gonna get up there and say, 'I couldn't done it without Ryan Murphy. I couldn't done it without my agent, my manager … I’ll tell you the one person you couldn't have done it without … O.J.! No one's gonna thank O.J.,' " the host joked.
With a dig at Kenneth Lonergan's nominated film, Fallon said, "You might remember Manchester by the Sea for being the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016."
The emcee earned an "ooh" from the crowd with a dig at Ben Affleck's movie: "Of course, we all know Matt Damon from his greatest acting role — telling Ben Affleck that he liked Batman v. Superman."
Fallon recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he planned on a friendlier, not-so-hard-hitting monologue, a la past host Ricky Gervais. "If I hit somebody, it's a very subtle hit, and everyone's in on the joke," he said. "I want to make sure everyone's laughing and having a good time."
"It's the first and maybe the last party that we'll have in 2017," the host concluded.
The 2017 Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton.