Do One Direction fans think Zayn Malik deserve an Academy Award for Acting?

According to Unreality TV, Directioners seem to be disputing Leonardo diCaprio’s Oscar win. They reportedly think the former One Direction member should be awarded Best Actor instead.  But it’s not for his performance in the “Pillow Talk” music video.

“The Oscar [for] Best Actor should have gone to Zayn Malik for pretending to like being in 1D for five years,” one fan was quoted as saying. Another fan meanwhile tweeted: “And the Oscar goes to… *Leo stands up* … Zayn Malik for actin’ like he enjoyed being in One Direction for 5 years.”

Malik, who is trying to go by Zayn now, left the band last year to start a solo career. Fans are understandably mad. Especially since the now solo artist recently said some nasty things about his former band mates. According to Mail Online, Malik called One Direction’s music “generic as [expletive].”

‘There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band…That’s not music that I would listen to. Would you listen to One Direction, sat at a party with your girl? I wouldn’t,” he said.

Not all fans threw shade at Zayn, though. Unreality TV also quoted a fan who posted:“If Leo can win an Oscar then Zayn can come back @ZaynMalik you know what to do.”

Meanwhile, his single “Pillowtalk,” recently made him the first UK artist to debut at No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100. This is a feat One Direction has never achieved.

His first solo album, “Mind of Mine,” is scheduled to hit record stores on March 25. This date also marks a sad day for One Direction fans. Zayn left the band on March 25 last year. His album’s cover however got flack for allegedly ripping off Lil Wayne. Zayn vehemently denies this.