20th Century Fox and New Regency have released the first teaser trailer for the much-anticipated Leonardo DiCaprio-Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu collaboration The Revenant and it’s a doozy. It is clear that there will be a battle of snowbound Oscar-bait movies coming, between this film and The Hateful Eight, the latter of which Quentin Tarantino brought to Comic-Con and showed eight minutes. To find the snow, Inarritu would head far into remote locations of Canada with his cast, shooting what they could in the limited natural light they could find. Turned out it wasn’t easy to find all that snow. It is by all accounts it is the hardest DiCaprio has ever worked on a movie, and maybe this will be the one that positions him for what seems like an inevitable Best Actor Oscar after dazzling performances in everything from The Wolf Of Wall Street to his heartbreaking turn as Howard Hughes in The Aviator.  DiCaprio- whose character tells us in voiceover “he ain’t afraid to die anymore, I’ve done it already”- is out for revenge. Relentless, epic, breathless and unique, this should only whet audience appetites for more, much more. It looks, for this at least, like the travails Inarritu endured in his followup to his Oscar film Birdman was well worth it.

Fox opens the picture Christmas day domestically, before going wide in January. An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge, the film stars DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. This teaser follows one issued by Fox earlier this week for Joy, the David O. Russell-directed drama that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. We should soon see an early peek at Tarantino’s film and while no one roots for summer to expire, there are clearly some very promising awards season pictures coming.