A Global Celebration of API Excellence in the 21st Annual Unforgettable Gala

In a dazzling celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) luminaries in the entertainment industry, Character Media presented the 21st Unforgettable Gala (UNFO). This black-tie event, held at the prestigious Beverly Hilton, attracted over 700 esteemed guests, including influential entertainers, leaders, and prominent API-led brands.

This year, UNFO expanded its reach globally by partnering with AsiaLab, an entertainment platform fostering collaboration among API stars internationally, with an aim to broaden awards categories, recognizing exceptional API contributions on a global scale.

The event, which took place on December 16th, featured an exquisite three-course gourmet dinner, special on-stage moments by honorees, live entertainment, and exclusive performances. The festivities continued at an extravagant after-party, ensuring an unforgettable night for attendees.

Simu Liu, Source: Variety

Special guests, including host Simu Liu, Selection Committee Co-Chairs Destin Daniel Cretton and Lisa Ling, added glamour to the evening. Notable honorees included Charles Melton, Steven Yeun, Greta Lee, Young Mazino, Adele Lim, Sung Jin Lee, Steven Lim, and the cast of “Never Have I Ever.” Global influencers, such as Mackenyu and Byeong Kyu Cho, were recognized for their groundbreaking contributions.

Keynote addresses by Destin Daniel Cretton and Lisa Ling, along with contributions from esteemed committee members, including Apl.de.Ap, Bing Chen, Sujata Day, Ken Jeong, Jeremy Lin, and Janet Yang, added to the event’s significance.

Founder James Ryu expressed pride in overcoming challenges, emphasizing the collective dedication and resilience of the entertainment community. The Gala not only celebrated API excellence but also highlighted the industry’s enduring commitment to inclusivity and representation.