Why Is 'Supernatural' Alum Misha Collins at the Oscars?

Jennifer Maas

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 04:Misha Collins attends the The CW’s Summer 2019 TCA Party sponsored by Branded Entertainment Network at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)

“Supernatural” fans watching the Oscars on Sunday were probably a little shocked to see Misha Collins, a.k.a. 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.

See, Collins’ childhood best friend Darius Marder co-wrote and directed “Sound of Metal,” which received six Oscar nominations this year.

“Sound of Metal,” which was released last November, stars Riz Ahmed as a metal drummer who loses his hearing. The film also features Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, and Mathieu Amalric.

Here’s what “Supernatural” alum Collins tweeted March 15, the morning of the 2021 Oscar nominations, 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 Marder’s tonight at the 93rd annual 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 this way.

Among the six categories that “Sound of Metal” is up for at Sunday’s Oscars is Best Picture, a race that also includes the movies “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

The other 2021 Oscar nominations that Marder’s “Sound of Metal” received were Best Original Screenplay (which it lost tonight), Best Supporting Actor for Paul Raci, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Actor for Riz Ahmed.

The Academy Awards are airing live now on ABC. Readers can find the list of the 2021 Oscar winners, which TheWrap is updating in real time, here.

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