THE Golden Globes got off to a rocky start today, with a broken teleprompter initially stalling host Jimmy Fallon, who still managed to start the show with a singing-and-dancing ode to La La Land and a steady diet of Donald Trump jokes.
"Cut to Justin Timberlake, please," implored a desperate Fallon as he improvised while another teleprompter was brought in. It was the second fiasco for Globes producer Dick Clark Productions, which presented the infamous Mariah Carey flub on New Year's Eve.
The broadcast began with a cold open ode to La La Land, the seven-time nominated Los Angeles musical expected to dominate the evening.
In a lavish sketch more typical of the Academy Awards than the Globes, Fallon did a version of the film's opening dance scene, with cameos from Timberlake, previous Globes host Tina Fey, Amy Adams and the white Ford Bronco of The People v. O.J. Simpson.
In a more truncated monologue, Fallon's sharpest barbs weren't directed at the stars in the room (as was the style of frequent host Ricky Gervais) but president-elect Trump.
His first line (at least once the teleprompter was up) was introducing the Globes as "one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote."
Nicole Kidman has missed out on the supporting actress Golden Globe for her performance in the Australian-made film, Lion. The Globe was won instead by Viola Davis for Fences.
Other Australians nominated are Mel Gibson, for directing Hacksaw Ridge, and Joel Edgerton, a best actor nominee in a drama for Loving.
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