Credit: Bill Davila/Startraks Photo: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley Arrive at the CW Upfront on May 18, 2011

Guess what? Not one or two, but three TVD stars are on the nomination ballot for the 63rd Primetime Emmys! Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Nina Dobrev (Elena) are listed under Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Drama Series, while Ian Somerhalder (Damon) is in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category.

Before you go getting all, “Ian is a supporting actor?!” let us explain: These submissions, including the category, come from the studios and actors’ representatives, so no one’s dissing the Somerhalder.

But alas, we aren’t getting overly excited since the CW has a long history of not being acknowledged by the Emmys. Even back during the heyday of the CW’s ancestor the WB, Gilmore Girls, Buffy, and Everwood were all shut out of the Emmy race.

The CW has been working hard to bring attention to its awesome line-up of shows, however. Last year, they ran an OMFG FYC campaign in Emmy magazine, and with stars from Gossip Girl, Hellcats, and Nikita also appearing on the ballot, we expect more of the same this year.

The nominations are handled by the Academy of Television Arts & Scienes, which will narrow down the choices and announce the nominees on July 14.

Fingers crossed the TVD stars break the CW curse and earn an Emmy nod!

Source: Emmys.com, TV Addict

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