Jimmy Fallon was chasing all the lights that shine in his cold open at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
The host of this year’s 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony parodied the opening scene from hit musical La La Land, which led all features with seven total nominations including best musical or comedy motion picture.
Directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land opens with a show-stopping number in the middle of a Los Angeles freeway set to the original song “Another Day of Sun.” Stars like Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Rami Malek, and Kit Harrington joined Fallon — as well as 27 of the 30 dancers from the actual La La Land opening — for the Golden Globes-themed spoof, which also featured an appearance from some of the Stranger Things kids — including star Millie Bobby Brown, who showed off her rap skills.
Speaking to EW about the scene, Chazelle — who is nominated on Sunday night for Best Director — explained he was inspired by two basic concepts before conceptualizing the sequence.
“First, I always wanted to do a shot where you go from car to car with each radio playing a radically different kind of music. I wanted it to feel like a city bustling with music, like in Mean Streets or Taxi Driver or Rear Window. You’re hearing Italian opera coming from one apartment window and Frankie Valli from another and jazz from another. But this is Los Angeles. The cacophony of sounds is coming out of cars. And I loved the idea of presenting the soundscape of the city that way,” he said. “And then the second idea was using that soundscape to build into an opening musical number and having a fantastical musical number arise out of a bunch of realistic city sounds. That was something I got from Love Me Tonight, the 1932 Rouben Mamoulian film, which opens with the sounds of Paris in the morning — there’s a shoemaker and a street sweeper — and those sounds build up rhythmically and cascade into a number.”
Following this number, Fallon transitioned into another pre-taped bit, again parodying La La Land: This time, he sat at a piano and sang an alternate version of the movie’s “City of Stars,” which became “Room Full of Stars.” Ryan Reynolds and Tina Fey — his onetime Weekend Update co-host and a former Golden Globes host herself — showed up for cameos, as well as Justin Timberlake, who came in for a dance sequence — and a pep talk.
“Just go out there and be yourself,” Timberlake told Fallon before impersonating the Tonight Show host.
The Golden Globes air Sunday night beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch the cold open in full above.