The Los Angeles-based Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated Eastwood for Best Director and Best Composer for the brooding drama about the aftermath of a childhood tragedy, as well as bestowing noms for Best Picture, Sean Penn (Best Actor), Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor), Best Ensemble Cast and Best Writer.
"In America" won nods for Best Picture, Jim Sheridan (Best Director), Samantha Morton (Best Actress), Best Writer, Best Song and dual nominations for sisters Emma and Sarah Bolger as Best Young Actor/Actress.
But the two widely presumed front-runners in the Oscar race - the fantasy "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which won the top prize Monday from the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Civil War epic "Cold Mountain" - only scored four nominations apiece.
The broadcast critics' field of 10 Best Picture nominees was completed by the war epics "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "The Last Samurai," with three nominations each, and the animated hit "Finding Nemo" and the horse-racing saga "Seabiscuit," scoring two nods apiece.
The association will present the Critics' Choice Awards Jan. 10 at a ceremony that will be carried live on E! Entertainment.