The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films are in consideration for achievement in Visual Effects for the 79th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Casino Royale

Eragon

Night at the Museum

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Poseidon

Superman Returns

X-Men: The Last Stand

On Wednesday, January 17, the Academy's Visual Effects Award nominating committee will view 15-minute film excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for Oscar consideration.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST, beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment.