December 17, 2022 | The Beverly Hilton

About the Theme

For the Unforgettable Gala’s 20th anniversary, we celebrate the brightest stars of our community with the theme “Illuminate.” We’re honoring those who have lit the way for the next generation to shine and commemorating the perseverance and breadth of our community’s accomplishments.

Over the past two decades of the Unforgettable Gala, we have watched the Asian and Pacific Islander community overcome adversities and boldly take charge in every industry — in front of and behind the camera, on sports fields and arenas, in politics and so much more. Join us in recognizing their groundbreaking achievements, as we embrace all the colors and hues of our community and look ahead to future excellence.

Special Guests

Award Recipients


Amber Midthunder
Amrit Kaur
Andrew Ahn
Ashley Park
Auli’i Cravalho
Benedict Wong
Bisha K. Ali
Brandon Perea
Charithra Chandran
Chloé Zhao
Christina Chong
Dante Basco

Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Deborah Chow
Dichen Lachman
Élodie Yung
Freida Pinto
Geeta Malik
Gemma Chan
Georgia Lee
Ginger Gonzaga
Hiro Murai
Iman Vellani
Jacob Batalon

Jay Shetty
Jenn Im
Jenny Han
Jessica Gao
Jessica Henwick
Jin Ha
Jo Koy
Joel Kim Booster
Justin Chon
Justin H. Min
Ken Leung

Leenda Dong
Lola Tung
Mia Isaac
Michelle Yeoh
Miranda Kwok
Naveen Andrews
Pallavi Sharda
Patrick Starrr
Remi Cruz
Rish Shah
Ritesh Rajan

Ritu Arya
Rosalie Chiang
Shiwani Srivastava
Simone Ashley
Soo Hugh
Sophia Ali
Steven Lim
Taika Waititi
Temuera Morrison
Tim Chantarangsu
William Gao



Selection Committee

This year’s nominees have been chosen by an esteemed group of individuals who have tirelessly worked to represent and uplift the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

We are honored to have their support, as this event would not be possible without their efforts.

Selection Committee Co-Chairs: Daniel Dae Kim and Lisa Ling

Adele Lim
Andrew Chau
Aneesh Chaganty
Ashley Lee
Ashley Park
Bao Nguyen
Ben Baller
Ben Tran
Bing Chen
Bobby Hundreds
Brenda Song
Candida Boyette-Clemons
Cassey Ho
CeFaan Kim
Charles Melton
Christina Chou

Dan Lin
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Wu
David Park
Destin Daniel Cretton
Diana Son
Dino-Ray Ramos
Dupe Bosu
Francis Cullado
Guy Aoki
Hieu Ho
Jacqueline Kim
Janet Yang
Jason Y. Lee
Jeanne Yang
Jeannie Park
Jeff Yang

Jeniffer Kim
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Jenny Han
Jenny Yang
Jeremy Tran
Jes Vu
Jimmy O. Yang
Jodi Long
John Cheng
Juju Chang
Julia Gouw
Justin Chon
Kelly Hu
Ken Jeong
Kevin Kwan
Kevin Tancharoen
Lana Condor

Lee Ann Kim
Leonardo Nam
Lindsay Price
Lisa Ling
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Manny Jacinto
Michelle Sugihara
Milton Liu
Ming-Na Wen
Ngoc Nguyen
Nico Santos
Nisha Ganatra
Nita Song
Paul Kim
Philip Wang
Phil Yu
Philiana Ng

Philip Chung
Pia Barlow
Randall Park
Rebecca Sun
Rizwan Manji
Sally Lee Chan
Sandra Oh
Sanjay Shah
Shannon Lee
Simu Liu
Snehal Desai
Sujata Day
Sung Rno
Susan Yoo
Teddy Zee
Vidhya Iyer
Wesley Chan




  • Joseon Empire
  • Society1


  • House of Suntory



  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • Campari



  • Amazon Music
  • Deep C Digital
  • UTA


  • Collab Asia
  • KALH
  • Always be Creating
  • Just Like Media
  • CalSouth
  • Show Up
  • Fly By Jing

2022 Highlights