Filmmaker Rotem Alima arrives at the Academy Awards in 2014. Filmmaker Rotem Alima arrives at the Academy Awards in 2014. Filmmaker Rotem Alima arrives at the Academy Awards in 2014. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Producer of Oscar winner reveals her 2017 predictions

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, we asked a 2014 winner to weigh in with her picks.

Rotem Alima knows what Oscar nominees are going through. In 2014, the film she produced called "Paris on the Water" won a Student Academy Award. She attended the Hollywood ceremony and took part in all of the surrounding pomp and circumstance. The 29-year-old native Israeli, who first picked up a camera when she was a teenager and later studied film and television at Tel Aviv University, is now hard at work producing a new TV show.

We caught up with her between hectic filming days to talk about the approaching Oscars and find out who she thinks will win this year.

Best Film: 'La La Land'

la la landEmma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the new musical 'La La Land.' (Photo: La La Land)

"This film has already won every award possible, paving its way to a sure win at the Oscars. Damien Chazelle, at 31 years old, is already one of the most established directors with unique films that showcase music and his love of film."


Actor in a leading role: Viggo Mortensen in 'Captain Fantastic'

Viggo Mortensen, in red suit, leads an offbeat family in "Captain Fantastic."Viggo Mortensen, in red suit, leads an offbeat family in "Captain Fantastic." (Photo: Bleeker Street)

"Although this film isn't considered a favorite, I think this is one of the best films of the past year. His performance is captivating and deserves a win. Viggo takes this small story of a unique family and transcends it to a higher ground. I can't imagine this film with any other actor, or any other actor making it the amazing piece of filmmaking it is."


Actress in a leading role: Emma Stone in 'La La Land'

Emma Stone walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "La La Land."Emma Stone walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "La La Land." (Photo: Tinseltown/Shutterstock)

"Ever since Stone didn't win for 'Birdman' – which was my favorite back when it was nominated – I've been hoping to see her win an Oscar. She's such a gifted actress, with the classic Hollywood sweetheart look and character. She reminds me why I dreamed of becoming a part of the film industry ever since I was a kid."


Foreign Film: 'Toni Erdmann'

This German film has been called a hilarious and bittersweet family comedy.This German film has been called a hilarious and bittersweet family comedy. (Photo: Soda Pictures)

"This is another award favorite, which will now get a Hollywood remake with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. I adore both these actors and can't wait to see them perform this magical film. As a career woman working in the film industry, I can certainly identify with Ines's character."


Directing: Kenneth Lonergan for 'Manchester by the Sea'

In "Manchester by the Sea," Time Out magazine says "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants."In "Manchester by the Sea," Time Out magazine says "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants." (Photo: Amazon Studios)

"This film is one of those where I simply wept for the entire film. Telling a story that's so compelling, vivid, full of hurt and pain you simply can't ignore. It reached the most inner corners of my heart. The scene with Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck when they reunite and talk, ever so briefly, will always resonate with me."

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