Gold Derby Emmy MVP: Nina Dobrev more than just eye candy on ‘Vampire Diaries’

(Pictured left to right: Nina Dobrev as Katherine, Nina Dobrev as Amara, Nina Dobrev as Elena)

On “The Vampire Diaries,” Nina Dobrev has played so many characters — and versions of characters — it’s a bloody travesty she’s never been recognized by the TV academy.

For those keeping track at home, over the first five seasons Dobrev effortlessly portrayed human Elena, human Katherine, vampire Elena, vampire Katherine, Elena pretending to be Katherine, Katherine pretending to be Elena, Katherine’s soul inside of Elena’s body and original immortal Amara. Whew — did we forget anybody?

The Emmys usually go crazy over actors and actresses who undergo multiple personalities or play various characters (like Toni Collette for “United States of Tara“) so why is Dobrev the unfortunate exception to the rule?

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Thanks to her lack of Emmy attention, Dobrev is our newest Gold Derby Emmy MVP inductee, a list that also includes Emmy also-rans like Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones“), NBC’s “Hannibal” and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer“).

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Just like buzzed-about Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“), you can always tell simply by looking at Dobrev on screen what character she’s currently portraying thanks to an undefinable quality in her eyes and body language. Dobrev is so good on “The Vampire Diaries,” fans agree that if anybody else would have been cast in her role(s) the show would have gone down in flames.

As recently-departed vampire queen Katherine and college student Elena, Dobrev gives two very different performances while always staying 100% true to both of them.

She’s already won kudos at the Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards as Best Actress, so you’d think that the Emmys would be calling any day now.

However, despite Dobrev’s epic performance(s) on “The Vampire Diaries,” two simple letters are keeping Dobrev from Emmy glory: CW.

It’s true, the young-skewing CW network is one of Emmy’s most-hated outlets. In the network’s eight-year history, it’s received less than 10 Emmy nominations and only a single win — for “Supernatural” in 2008 for Drama Sound Editing.

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Upset by the net’s lack of Emmy attention, Dobrev’s co-star Ian Somerhalder tweeted in 2011, “Sorry, the Emmys will NEVER nominate TVD for anything unfortunately. It simply wont happen.”

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Can Dobrev can prove Somerhalder wrong and pull off an Emmy upset this year? Let’s recap the pros and cons:


Dobrev’s firelace mantle is already filling up with trophies from the Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

She plays multiple characters and personalities.

A nomination for Dobrev would bring a younger, hipper audience to this year’s Emmy telecast.


Dobrev is a star on the CW network, an Emmy graveyard.

The Emmys are afraid of the horror genre. Not even an Oscar winner like Anna Paquin (“True Blood“) can snag a nomination.

This year’s Drama Actress race is one of the toughest of all time, with all seven of last year’s nominees back in the running as well as many others.

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