BROOKLYN - It was an exciting day at I.S. 239 in Coney Island as a famous former student came back to receive a special honor. 

Darren Aronofsky, who is now an Academy Award-nominated director, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. 

Aronofsky, who graduated in 1983, credits his seventh-grade teacher for inspiring his creative writing. 

He has directed a number of noteworthy movies, including "Requiem for a Dream" and "Noah".