Ian Somerhalder usually saves his tweets for important causes and adorable photo countdowns to The Vampire Diaries, but today, November 7, he used his social media platform to thank his fans.

After finding out about his People’s Choice Awards nomination for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV actor — which is voted for by the people, of course — he immediately took to Twitter to react.

“#PeoplesChoice holy cow! Thank you so so so much everyone!!!” Ian tweeted. “You are MY people - I fricking love you…”

Aww, so sweet! Though Ian has some stiff competition in this category — The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and Arrow’s Stephen Amell — TVD fans rallied and got Nina Dobrev her People’s Choice back in 2012 from a write-in nomination, so we can do the same for Ian, right?

Speaking of Nina, she also tweeted a reaction to her nomination, but didn’t stop there. She gave a cute shout-out to Ian on November 6, writing, “And a congrats shout out to @iansomerhalder for his nomination in the Best SciFi Actor category! Way to represent the male Vampires! Kill it! (Pun totally intended).” So sweet!

We’ve already rounded up six reasons that Ian should win his award, but feel free to leave yours in the comments below. Do you think he has what it takes? Sound off in the reaction buttons, too!

Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.