Hollywood blockbusters Casino Royale, Pirates Of The Caribbean: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and SUPERMAN RETURNS are battling it out for Best Visual Effects at next year's (07) Oscar ceremony. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Friday (15DEC06) announced the films making the cut, earning further consideration as possible trophy contenders at the 79th Annual Academy awards. The other films vying for the award include POSEIDON, ERAGON, X-Men: THE LAST STAND and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. The next step in the nominations process, which takes place on 17 January, sees the Academy viewing 15 minute clips from each of the shortlisted films, with the top three honoured with Oscar-winning potential on 25 January. The Oscars take place on 25 February 2007.