The Unforgettable Gala continues the 20-year tradition of honoring Asian Americans in entertainment and announces top honors for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Pachinko”

Eugenio Cordero from Marvel’s “Loki” to emcee 20th UNFO Gala, along with the casts of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Pachinko,” “Turning Red” and more as Hollywood assembles for the community’s biggest night of entertainment API.

THE ANGELS, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unforgettable Gala, also known as UNFO, the country’s largest and longest-running Asian Pacific Islander awards show, marks 20 years of honoring API excellence and representation in entertainment, arts and culture. Character Media announces actor today Eugenio Cordero (Marvel’s “Loki”) as this year’s emcee, the first time a Filipino-American has hosted the API community’s leading entertainment gala. Also appearing in UNFO is honored film actor Ke Huy Quan and Breakout in Film Honoree Stephanie Hsu of “Everything everywhere, all at once.” Receiving the Breakout in TV award is minha kim of “Pachinko”, and the hit series also received this year’s Vanguard Award. bretman rock will receive the Digital Influencer Award, and domee shi Y julia cho will receive the Writer’s Award for “Turning red.” daniel dae kim Y Lisa Lingco-chairs of the award selection committee, will deliver this year’s keynote address.

With the theme “Illuminate” for 2022, UNFO recognizes API luminaries from decades past while celebrating this year’s honorees and calling on the community to light the way forward for the next generation of API talent. The 20th annual Unforgettable Gala, presented by Lexus and produced by Character Media, takes place on Saturday, December 17at the Beverly Hilton.

“As the first Filipino to host the Unforgettable Gala, I am honored to represent the diversity of the Asian-American community,” says Cordero. The writer, comedian and actor is known for his numerous film and television roles, most recently starring in by jo koy feature “Easter Sunday” and the Marvel television series “Loki.” Adds Cordero, “IPAs have made great strides in entertainment in recent years, but we still fall short in portraying the lead roles in front of the camera and the roles of off-chamber leadership.

Founded in 2002, Black Tie Affair was created by james ryu, founder and publisher of the award-winning magazines KoreAm Journal, Audrey Magazine, Kore Asian Media, and Character Media, all of which have highlighted API change agents who have made their mark. Last year’s UNFO honorees included juan cho, simu-liu Y sandra oh, among many others. Lexus returns this year as a title sponsor.

Additional UNFO sponsors include Joseon Empire, Society 1, Pechanga Resort Casino, Le Mieux Skincare, J&K Gouw and Panda Restaurant Group.

Highlights from last year’s UNFO celebration can be found at Follow Character Media and tag #UNFO on Facebook (@CharacterMediaCom), Twitter (@Character_Media), Instagram (@Character.Media) and Tik Tok (@charactermedia).

About the Unforgettable Gala:

The Unforgettable Gala was created in 2002 by james ryu, founder and publisher of Character Media, to celebrate the diversity in the API community and recognize the successes of the past year. The gala event highlights celebrities, influencers and leaders who have contributed to the arts, entertainment and culture. To learn more about the Unforgettable Gala and how to sponsor, visit

About character media:

Character Media, a subsidiary of Imperial Family Companies, has been the leading source of news and events for the Asian-American entertainment community for more than 30 years (along with its predecessors Kore Asian Media, KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine). Character Media traces its roots back to 1990, when it was founded by Jung Shig-ryu and his son, current editor james ryuunder the name of KoreAm Journal.

About Lexus

Lexus’ passion for bold design, imaginative technology and exciting performance enable the luxury lifestyle brand to create incredible experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to the pursuit of perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealerships offering a full line of luxury vehicles. With six models featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the leader in luxury hybrids. Lexus also offers nine F SPORT models, two F performance models and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future of luxury customers.

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