In my mind, the Oscars and Grammys are the ultimate award shows. The Golden Globes has become the goofy cousin. The nominees are guests. They sit at round tables, eat drink and are merry. It usually starts out polite and coifed, but (hopefully) has potential for some forms of drunk and/or disorderly (this year, Harrison Ford was classic).
The winners are fine, but I don't really see this as a preview of Oscar. The voting pool is so small and subjective, but it is good televison. Dick Clark Productions knows how to wrap it up by 11!!
My faves this year were George Clooney, speaking off color, Rachel Weisz acknowledging awkward location shoots, Felicity Huffman ... just being Felicity, Philip Seymore Hoffman, in awe of his past year (though he's had many great years), Joaquin Phoenix, chuckling over Walk the Line's category (comedy or musical ... please), Reese Witherspoon showing she is Elle Woods no more, and finally, Ang Lee, class and humility, an interesting road ahead.
My Best Dressed list contains, Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Teri Hatcher, Diana Ossana, Reene Zellweger, Steve Carell, Nancy Walls (Carell's wife) and Hilary Swank.