Many of this year’s likely Best Picture candidates, including Argo and Lincoln, have already hit theaters, but there are still a handful of movies that could shake things up at the Oscars.

One of those films is Django Unchained, the latest from director Quentin Tarantino, which stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave fighting to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Based on some of the film’s trailers and TV spots, Django Unchained looks like it has all the trademarks of a classic Tarantino flick – sharp dialogue, bloody violence, and a mix of action and music that puts a fresh twist on classic genre conventions.

Today, Yahoo premiered a new trailer (above) for Django Unchained which really focuses on the film’s action sequences and has a lot of great new footage. While the previous international trailer did a good job of highlighting the soul of the movie (Django’s romantic quest to rescue his wife), this one does a great job of selling the movie as a tale of revenge. I can’t help but wonder what Will Smith would have done with this role had he agreed to star – as was Tarantino’s initial idea – but all things considered, this definitely looks like another Tarantino classic.

There are so many things to like about Django Unchained, it’s almost impossible to list them all. You’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio chewing into a ridiculously over-the-top bad guy role; Christoph Waltz lending his considerable skills as a veteran bounty hunter; and, of course, Jamie Foxx as the vengeance-seeking Django (“I like the way you die, boy“).

As for the movie’s Oscar chances, it’s still likely to be considered a dark horse candidate since there’s so much strong competition for this year’s top prize. However, it wouldn’t be the first time that Tarantino’s films have been nominated. Both Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds received Best Picture nods.

What do you think of this latest Django Unchained trailer? Will you be seeing this movie over your Christmas break?

Django Unchained hits theaters on December 25th, 2012.

Source: Yahoo