(CBS News) Fresh off the, the nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globes were announced Thursday morning. "Lincoln" led the nominations with seven in total, while "Argo" came in second with five nominations.
Ken Tucker, editor-at-large of Entertainment Weekly magazine, said on "CBS This Morning" that on awards night, the Golden Globes battle will likely come down to "a lot of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Lincoln' contests." He added that the two films will be "the big titans" of the night.
Still, he said, "Lincoln" may come out on top, as many others have predicted going into awards season.
"Hollywood, especially the Hollywood Foreign Press, loves that kind of great sweeping historical movie. When you combine the fact that it's Tony Kushner supplying the script and Steven Spielberg it's really an extraordinary achievement, internationally," Tucker explained.
Turning toward films from 2012 that garnered much buzz or box office success but were left off the nominees list, Tucker said that the absence of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Flight" could be considered snubs as could the absence of Jamie Foxx from the best actor list for his work in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
Some surprises, Tucker said, include Maggie Smith, who was nominated in both the film and television category for "Quartet" and "Downton Abbey" and Rachel Weisz for her work in "Deep Blue Sea," a critically acclaimed film that staggered at the box office.
He added that in the television category, the best actor in a drama list -- which included Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm and Damien Lewis -- brought no surprises but was a "a real murderer's row" of excellent nominees.
While some, including "CTM's" Gayle King, were surprised to see "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" receive several nominations, Tucker explained that the Golden Globes, which divide the movies into separate categories -- drama and musical or comedy -- "work in the favor of smaller movies...so it's a much more diverse list than you'll see in the Oscars nominations."
Looking ahead to the Oscars, Tucker expects that "Les Miserables" will pick up some momentum -- "that's really a movie that people are going to see during the Christmas season," he said -- and possibly push Tom Hooper, who was left off the Golden Globes' best director list, into the category at the Academy Awards.