Revenant Takes Top Honors
Thirteenth Annual Survey
The Year in Film as Reflected in the English Language
Austin, Texas, March 21, 2016. ‘Revenant’ from The Revenant has been named the Top HollyWord of the Year by the Global Language Monitor in its thirteenth annual global survey Internet MediaBuzz Survey.
These were followed by ‘ ’ from Selma, and ‘’ from Alice, “ ” from Boyhood, and ‘best and whitest’ from the awards ceremony itself rounded out the top five.
Each year, GLM announces the words after the Oscars at the conclusion of the motion picture awards season. The 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 22, 2014. Neil Patrick Harris was the host for the first time, to generally mixed reviews.
“Words from American Sniper and Selma took top honors in a year of taunt scripts and memorable quips” said Paul JJ Payack, president and chief word analyst for the Global Language Monitor. “The films this year spanned an exceptionally wide range of topics from the inner workings of the mind to the farthest reaches of outer space.
The Top Hollywords of the 2015 season with commentary follow.
Rank / Word or Phrase / Commentary
- Revenant (The Revenant) — the word itself is a ‘revenant’ — returning from the dead.
- Brooklyn (Brooklyn) — Brooklyn, itself , is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance … since the Dodgers abandoned the Borough for SoCal.
- Schiaparelli — (The Martian) — A name not mentioned in the film, but the Italian Astronomer who first caused the first Mars s hypothesis about Martian ‘Canals’.
- The World (Room) — You are going to love it? Love what? The World.
- Blacklist (Trombo) — The Hollywood blacklist was but a window into a country-wide hysteria.
- Oscars (#OscarsSoWhite) — Perhaps the longest lasting legacy from this year’s Oscars.
- Post-Apocalyptic (Mad Max) — It’s a relief to talk about the coming Apocalypse in past tense.
- Quant (Big Short) — Quants are people, too.
- Reality Distortion Zone (Steve Jobs) — Apparently, the Zone was more effective outside Apple, Inc. than within the Executive Ranks.
- Mean Streets (Straight Outta Compton) — There are over 50,000 citations with the words ‘mean streets’ linked to Compton on Google.
Previous Top Hollyword Winners include:
- 2014 ‘Your call.” (American Sniper) — Chris Kyle’s ultimate dilemma that he faced hundreds of times
- 2013 The F-Word , prevalent in scores of films.
- 2012 ‘Emancipation — (Lincoln, Django, Argo) — Webster says ‘to free from restraint, control, or the power of another’.
- 2011 ‘Silence’ – Silent movies, (the Artist), a wife’s silence (Descendants), a father’s silence (Extremely Loud), silence among the trenches of WWI (Warhorse).
- 2010 ‘Grit’ — firmness, pluck, gritty, stubborn, indomitable spirit, courageous, and brave perseverance.
- 2009 ‘Pandora’ — from Avatar
- 2008 ‘Jai Ho!” — Literally ‘Let there be Victory’ in Hindi from Slumdog Millionaire
- 2007 “Call it, Friendo” — from No Country for Old Men
- 2006 “High Five!!! It’s sexy time!” — from Borat!
- 2005 ‘Brokeback’ — from Brokeback Mountain
- 2004 ‘Pinot’ — from Sideways
- 2003 ‘Wardrobe malfunction’ — Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson from Super Bowl XXXVIII
Methodology. Austin-Texas-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis upon Global English. This exclusive ranking is based upon GLM’s Narrative Tracking technology. NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 250,000 print and electronic news media, as well as new social media sources (such as Twitter) as they emerge. The words, phrases and concepts are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets.