This year, the Unforgettable Gala returns to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, December 11. Character Media proudly presents the 19th annual awards ceremony and celebration, recognizing the Asian and Pacific Islander leaders who have fought for API presence in the arts, entertainment and culture.

On this night, our community honors the efforts and dedication of these individuals, and anticipates a future of authentic representation for all.

The Unforgettable Gala is pleased to introduce its 2021 theme—‘RISE.’

‘RISE’ speaks to the ascension of our communities in the face of the hardships we’ve endured over the past two years. Despite the spread of anti-Asian hate crimes during a global pandemic, we have not only survived, but fought back—speaking out against racism, protecting our loved ones and honoring our shared cultural heritage. This year, we recognize and commemorate these efforts.

We are also celebrating 30 years since the founding of Character Media and its publication family. Since 1990, we have strived to make a place for Asian America in all entertainment arenas and have been at the forefront of the battle for representation.

With the return of Unforgettable, we once again pay tribute to the talented voices, rich diversity and incredible achievements of our community.


Award Recipients

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Sandra Oh

Actor in TV

Justin Chon

Actor in Film

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Breakout in TV

Simu Liu

Breakout in Film

Destin Daniel Cretton


Adele Lim


Jason Y. Lee

Digital Influencer

Jimmy O. Yang


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


88rising | Sean Miyashiro


John Cho

Lexus Legacy

Shohei Ohtani

Pechanga Athlete on Another Level

Andrew and Peggy Cherng

Community Impact


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Punam Patel
Chris Pang
Fala Chen
Benedict Wong
Janet Yang
Daniel Dae Kim
Elodie Yung
Leonardo Nam
Nina Yang Bongiovi
Alan Yang
Alexander Hodge
Desmond Chiam
Darren Barnet
Jenny Yang
Bobby Hundreds
Kelly Mi Li
Sandra Oh
Simu Liu
Johng Ho Song
Kelly Hu
Bao Nguyen
Ally Maki
Alex and Maya Shibutani