The much-anticipated 14th Annual Unforgettable Gala, hosted by Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal, subsidiary of London Trust Media (LTM), is rapidly drawing near! The event, filled with glitz and glamour, is committed to celebrate and honor outstanding Asian American achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The evening of festivities will take place Saturday Dec.12, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.
Among the honorees is Randall Park who is best known for his performances as ‘Luis Huang’ in the highly rated ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and as ‘Kim Jong-Un’ in Sony’s The Interview. He will be receiving this year’s Royal Salute Mark of Respect Award. The recipient of this award is selected by an esteemed committee of Asian American leaders. Park will be recognized for his accomplishments and contributions in the Asian American community.
This year’s Journalism Achievement Award will be given to Lisa Ling for her impressive work as a host and an executive producer on CNN’s This is Life. In the show she covers controversial topics such as a notorious biker gang and the pill addictions crisis in Utah. Ling has a remarkable portfolio with past works as an Executive Producer and host of OWN’s Our America, a field correspondent for the The Oprah Winfrey Show, and on ABC News’ Nightline.
Steven Yeun’s performance as Gleen Rhee on AMC’s top rated show The Walking Dead has earned him this year’s Actor of the Year Award. On the big screen, Yeun recently starred opposite Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in Mike Cahill’s independent Sci-Fi Drama, I Origins, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film festival where it earned raves and was sold in one of the biggest deals at the festival. It was also recently announced that Yeun will star in and executive produce The Aquariums of Pyongyang, the film adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s autobiography. Hwan was the first survivor of one of the brutal North Korean concentration camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.
This year’s Actress of the Year Award honoree is Chloe Bennet. The actress and singer first found her fame in China with her single “Uh Oh”, released in both English and Mandarin Chinese. She performed her single in the Zebra Music Festival to benefit victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.The three day music festival opened new doors for Bennet. She was featured in print and billboard advertisements and sponsored in China for Nike, Ports 1961 and Umbro. Bennet has co-starred in Nickelodeon’s The Nightlife and she currently stars in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Eugene Lee Yang has earned this year’s Male Breakout Star Award for his exceptional work as a producer, writer, director, editor, and actor at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. His performance behind and in front of the camera has made him one of the most noticeable Asian Americans on social media. As a producer, he has earned millions of views in BuzzFeed videos, including “If Disney Princes Were Real” and “Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History”. Yang’s on camera work also includes The Try Guys, a BuzzFeed’s comedic documentary series.
Constance Wu will be awarded with this year’s Female Breakout Star Award for her portrayal as the strong willed and hilarious character ‘Jessica Huang’ in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Wu’s performance has earned her nominations for this year’s Critics Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” and Television Critics Association Award for ‘Individual Achievement in Comedy’.
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