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Why Is ‘Supernatural’ Alum Misha Collins at the Oscars?

He isn’t nominated — but his childhood friend is

“Supernatural” fans watching the Oscars on Sunday were probably a little shocked to see Misha Collins, aka the angel Castiel, sitting at a table in Union Station among the stars nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss any news that The CW star had snagged a nom, but there is a valid explanation for his heavenly presence at the awards show.

See, Collins’ childhood best friend Darius Marder co-wrote and directed “Sound of Metal,” which received six Oscar nominations this year. The film, which was released last November, stars Riz Ahmed as a drummer who loses his hearing. Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff and Mathieu Amalric also star.

Here’s what “Supernatural” alum Collins tweeted on March 15 — the morning the 2021 Oscar nominations were announced — to congratulate his buddy on snagging half a dozen nods: “I’m proud of my dear friend from 7th grade, @dariusmarder, this morning. The film that he wrote and directed, Sound of Metal, just got nominated in six categories for the Oscars. Send him a little love.”

So Collins was a guest of his best friend’s tonight at the 93rd Academy Awards, as you can see in the photo below of him sitting at Marder’s table during the ABC broadcast. We know — it’s pretty adorable to see lifelong friends supporting each other like this.

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“Sound of Metal” is up for Best Picture at Sunday’s Oscars, alongside “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The rest of the film’s six nominations are for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Paul Raci, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Actor for Riz Ahmed.

See the list of all the 2021 Oscar winners — which TheWrap is updating in real time — here.