December 16, 2023 | The Beverly Hilton

About the event

Character Media proudly presents the 21st annual Unforgettable Gala, the Asian and Pacific Islander Awards extravaganza fondly known as UNFO. Recognizing the past year’s successes, this year’s Unforgettable Gala will go global for the first time! To expand its international reach, UNFO will partner with AsiaLab, an entertainment and content platform that seeks to facilitate “One Asia” through collaborations with API stars and influencers. UNFO plans to expand its awards categories to honor more international members of the community.

The upcoming event is set to attract coverage from major media outlets across print, online, broadcast TV and radio platforms. For the first time in the event’s history, the awards ceremony was broadcast nationwide via ChimeTV, powered by GoldenTV as a live-to-tape event, and is available for streaming video on-demand on GoldenTV.

Special Guests

Award Recipients


Alex Wassabi
Ali Wong
Andrew Koji
Anna Cathcart
Anya Chalotra
Ashley Park
Ben Wang
Bilal Baig
Bloom Li
Brenda Hsueh
Celine Song

Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Chris Olsen
Courtney Eaton
Daniel Wu
Dave Bautista
Dolly de Leon
Drew Afualo
Guava Juice
Havana Rose Liu
Hiro Murai
Hong Chau

Jay Shetty
Jenny Han
Jimmy O. Yang
Jingyi Shao
Justin H. Min
Keanu Reeves
Kelvin Yu
Lana Condor
Leah Lewis
Lola Tung
Luciane Buchanan

Lukita Maxwell
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Michelle Khare
Natasha Liu Bordizzo
Nida Manzoor
Peter Sohn
Pom Klementieff
Priya Kansara
Randall Park

Raymond Lee
Sabrina Wu
Sherry Cola
Simu Liu
Stephanie Hsu
Steven Maeda
Tati Gabrielle
Teo Yoo
Teresa Hsiao
Will Sharpe



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: Destin Daniel Cretton and Lisa Ling

Adele Lim
Aneesh Chaganty
Ashley Lee
Bao Nguyen
Bing Chen
Bretman Rock
Candida Boyette-Clemons
Daniel Dae Kim
Destin Daniel Cretton
Dino-Ray Ramos

Domee Shi
Falguni Lakhani Adams
Francis Cullado
Guy Aoki
Hieu Ho
Jacqueline Kim
James Ryu
Janet Yang
Jason Y. Lee
Jeanne Yang

Jeff Chiang
Jeff Yang
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Tran
Jes Vu
Jodi Long
Jon M. Chu
Juju Chang
Julia Cho
Ken Jeong

Kevin Tancharoen
Larry Teng
Lisa Ling
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Michelle Sugihara
Nico Santos
Nisha Ganatra
Nita Song
Phil Yu
Philiana Ng
Philip Wang

Phillip Sun
Ramsey Naito
Rebecca Sun
Rizwan Manji
Sanjay Shah
Simu Liu
Snehal Desai
Sujata Day
Sung Rno
Susan Yoo
Vidhya Iyer
Wesley Chan

2023 Sponsors



  • Society1


  • Dusse




  • Juvis Diet
  • Hollywood Wellness Med Spa


  • Deep C Digital


  • Fairiche
  • Instyler


2023 Highlights