Emmys MVP: Nina Dobrev says goodbye to ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ hello to nomination?

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. Now that Dobrev is leaving the series after six years, will the Emmys finally honor her with a nomination? Hurry — make your predictions now and you could win our $1,000 prize. You can change them later as often as you like, but it’s important to make your first picks now.

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As college student Elena and recently-departed vampire queen Katherine, Dobrev gave us two very different performances over the years while always staying 100% true to both of them. She also played Amara on “Vampire Diaries” and Tatia on spin-off “The Originals,” for a total of four very distinct performances.

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

Unfortunately, it may all come down to two simple letters: CW.

This young-skewing network is one of Emmy’s most-ignored outlets. In fact, in the entire history of the CW, it’s received only a handful of nominations and a single win, for “Supernatural” in 2008 for Drama Sound Editing.

Can Dobrev pull off an Emmy shockeroo this year? Let’s recap the pros and cons of this Gold Derby Emmys MVP:


Dobrev’s fireplace 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 notoriously afraid of the horror genre. Not even an Oscar winner like Anna Paquin (“True Blood“) could snag a nomination.

The Best Drama Actress race is one of the toughest of the year, with 10 leading ladies all reaping better than 100/1 odds.

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