The annual Unforgettable Gala, back for its 17th year at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, will honor a diverse roster of Asian American trailblazers that span from film and television to other cultural spaces and social justice.
Sandra Oh, who was nominated for an Emmy for her leading turn in BBC’s “Killing Eve,” will be honored as Actor In Television, while John Cho, who won critical acclaim by portraying a devastated father in “Searching,” will take home Actor In Film. Manny Jacinto, the lovable but clueless bro in NBC’s “The Good Place,” is Breakout In Television. The cast of the box office-topping “Crazy Rich Asians” will receive the Vanguard award, while Jon. M. Chu will take home the Director award. Tan France, the fashion guru of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” will be honored with the Changemaker award. The Culture – Social Justice award will go to Amanda Nguyen, an activist and founder of Rise, while Ben Baller, a celebrity jeweler, will receive the Culture – Lifestyle award. Cassey Ho, who is behind the fitness empire Blogilates, will be recognized with the Digital Influencer award; U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka with Athlete On Another Level; and “Bali: Beats of Paradise” documentary filmmaker Livi Zheng with Culture Ambassador.