It seems like a lifetime ago that a 16-year-old Amity student from Woodbridge contacted me at the Amity Observer regarding a story idea.
That e-mail led to a collaboration on a story about the food service program at Amity High School.
Scott Feinberg was so thorough and intense, and his hard work led to an award nomination in the New England Press Association competition that year.
While we were gathering our information for the story, Scott shared his love for the movies and I was blown away by the wealth of knowledge he had about movies of all genres and his passion for the Academy Awards.
Scott had a list of Oscar Predictions for that year (whatever year it was) and without his knowledge, I contacted WTNH and suggested they interview him. He was a guest commentator for a couple of years — sometimes dead on accurate, sometimes a little off. (I finally told Scott that I did it just last year).
He went on to college and moved to California where he worked as a film critic for the LA Times, and quickly became a favorite among the stars.
In his dream career, Scott has rubbed elbows with George Clooney, Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and so on…
Scott now works as the lead awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter and is live Tweeting from the Academy Awards right now.
So, what am I saying? … That I’m responsible for Scott’s success? NOOOOO, he did all of this on his own and he deserves it. I’m just happy that I had a little role in his life in the early stages.
Congratulations, Scott! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments.