The nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards have just been announced, and The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) made it onto the short list of nominees for “Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor”! Here are six reasons why we think Ian deserves to come away with the award.
He effectively plays a complex character
Damon Salvatore is not the easiest character to play. Sometimes, he does terrible things. (Just a last week he killed his former vampire lover. She happened to come back to life, but that’s besides the point.) The point is that Ian imbues this could-be one-sided character with a sense of complexity. For every strength, he has a vulnerability. For every quip, he has a heartfelt confession. And he plays every end of his character spectrum with equal enthusiasm and effectiveness, giving us a Damon Salvatore who is more than the sum of his written parts.
He’s got staying power
It’s hard to keep a character interesting after more than four seasons on the air, but we’re just as fascinated by Damon Salvatore as we were in the TVD pilot — maybe even more so. Sure, some of that has to do with the amazing team of writers who work on TVD, but it has a lot to do with Ian’s ability to evolve his performance to show how Damon has changed since Season 1.
He uses his celebrity for good causes
Though a majority of the decision on who should win a People’s Choice Award may be decided by an actor’s performance on screen, we also think their celebrity personality plays a factor — and Ian totally uses his celebrity status for good not evil. Some of the causes he is passionate about: protecting the environment, animal rights, and preventing suicide amongst LGBT youth.
This is his fourth nomination
This is Ian’s fourth nomination, and he’s yet to win! We can’t let that kind of losing streak stand for poor Ian’s sake! We think this year could be his lucky year. No letting those Supernatural studs stand in our way. We don’t care how charming those Winchester brothers may be!
He’d look good up on that stage
Sure, maybe we’ll get to see him walk the red carpet. Maybe we’ll even get a split-second reaction shot of him in a sea of celebrity faces. But, if Ian wins the award, then we get to see him in all of his gorgeous glory on the stage in excellent lighting. That’s reason enough for us.
It could be part of a TVD sweep
TVD is also up for “Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show,” Nina is up for “Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress,” and Nina and Ian are up for “Favorite TV Couple.” If we play our cards right people, we could turn this into a TVD sweep. With eight nominations, Glee seems to be leading the television pack, but we think TVD has a chance at scoring the most television wins!
Do you think Ian deserves the People's Choice Award? Let us know why or why not in the comments!
The People’s Choice Awards air on January 8, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. You can vote at PeoplesChoice.com, their official voting app, and on Facebook or Twitter through December 5, 2013.
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.