Simon Cowell upset One Direction movie missed Oscar chance
SIMON Cowell wanted his 'X Factor' formed boy band, One Direction, to be nominated for an Oscar for their documentary 'This Is Us' or their track 'Best Song Ever'.
The 'Story of My Life' singers - who were mentored by Simon on the 'X Factor' - broke box office records with their documentary 'This Is Us', but failed to receive a nomination from the voting panel and were also left out of the Best Original Song category, and it's 75-track shortlist, for which Simon expected them to be nominated for 'Best Song Ever'.
A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Simon is disappointed. Some of the tracks on the list are virtually unknown."
Meanwhile, legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein has claimed Simon is "on a mission" to win an Oscar with his production company Syco Films.
He said: "Simon is very focused and determined about making more movies and setting up a presence in this industry ... He's on a mission to be an Oscar contender."
Weinstein - who has won two Academy Awards for Best Picture for 'The Kings Speech' and 'The Artist' - has also admitted that he wouldn't mind having the 54-year-old media mogul as competition.
He told The Sun newspaper: "If he wants to take on me, take on everybody, that's great ... I think he'll be a great success. He's very shrewd and absolutely brilliant with talent - he makes them feel relaxed and secure."
This year's Oscars ceremony will take place tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.