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The 5th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (generally known as AACTA Awards) are a series of awards which includes the 5th AACTA Awards Luncheon, the 5th AACTA Awards ceremony and the 5th AACTA International Awards. The former two events were held at The Star Event Centre, in Sydney, New South Wales in late 2015.[2] Presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), the awards celebrate the best in Australian feature film, television, documentary and short film productions of 2015. The AACTA Awards ceremony televised on Seven Network for the fourth year running. The 5th AACTA Awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute Awards (known as the AFI Awards), established in 1958 and presented until 2010 after which it was rebranded the AACTA Awards when the Australian Film Institute (AFI) established AACTA in 2011.[3]

5th AACTA Awards
Date30 November 2015 and
9 December 2015
SiteThe Star Event Centre
Sydney, New South Wales
Most awardsFilm: Mad Max: Fury Road (7)
Most nominationsFilm: The Dressmaker (13)
Television coverage
NetworkSeven Network
Ratings419,000 [1]

The nominees were announced during a press conference on 31 October 2015 at The Star hôtel in Sydney.[4] The Dressmaker received the most feature-film nominations with thirteen, earning a nomination in most of the categories.[5]


Nominees and winnersEdit

The nominees for feature-films and Television were announced during a press conference on 29 October 2015 in Sydney. Of the nominees, Jocelyn Moorhouse's revenge drama The Dressmaker received the most feature-film nominations with thirteen, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.[4] The winners were announced on 9 December 2015.[6]

Feature filmEdit

Best Film Best Direction
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Original Music Score Best Sound
Best Production Design Best Costume Design


Best Drama Series Best Comedy Series
Best Children's Series Best Light Entertainment Series
Best Reality Series Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
Best Direction in a Drama or Comedy Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment or Reality Series
Best Lead Actor – Drama Best Lead Actress – Drama
Best Guest or Supporting Actor – Drama Best Guest or Supporting Actress – Drama
Best Comedy Performance Best Screenplay in Television
Best Cinematography in Television Best Editing in Television
Best Sound in Television Best Original Music Score in Television
  • Des Kenneally, Robert Mackenzie, Liam Price, Jed Dodge, Justine Angus and John Simpson – Deadline Gallipoli (Par 1) (FOXTEL)
    • Paul 'Salty' Brincat, Gary Desmond and Dan Johnson – Banished (Épisode 6) (FOXTEL)
    • Grant Shepherd, Ashley Irwin, Ian Neilson, Ben Anderson, Nigel Croydon, Robert Sullivan – Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door (Épisode 1) (Seven Network)
    • Rainier Davenport, Ian McLoughlin CAS, Wes Chew, Tom Herdman, Annie Breslin and Blair Slater – Redfern Now (ABC)
Best Production Design in Television Best Costume Design in Television


Best Feature Length Documentary Best Documentary Television Program
  • Deborah Masters, Sarah FergusonThe Killing Season (ABC)
    • Jo-anne McGowan – Between a Frock and a Hard Place (ABC)
    • Richard Kuipers – The Cambodian Space Project (ABC)
    • Harry Bardwell, Kelrick Martin – Prison Songs (SBS)
Best Direction in a Documentary Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Only the Dead – Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware
    • The Killing Season (ABC) – Deborah Masters
    • Prison Songs (SBS) – Kelrick Martin
    • Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail – Wain Fimeri, Steve Westh
  • Life on the Reef (Épisode 1) (ABC) – Nick Robinson, Luke Peterson and Jon Shaw
    • The Killing Season – Louie Eroglu
    • Prison Songs – Torstein Dyrting
    • Sherpa – Renan Ozturk, Hugh Miller and Ken Sauls
Best Editing in a Documentary Best Sound in a Documentary
  • Only the Dead – Jane Moran
    • The Cambodian Space Project – Andrea Lang
    • The Killing Season (Épisode 2) (ABC) – Lile Judickas
    • Sherpa – Christian Gazal
  • Only the Dead – Steve Burgess, Leah Katz, Andy Wright and Chris Goodes
    • The Cambodian Space Project – Keith Thomas
    • Life on the Reef (Épisode 1) – Caspar Mazzotti, Craig Beckett, Dan Miau and Terry Meehan
    • Prison Songs – Glenn Martin and Kim Lord
Best Original Music Score in a Documentary

Short filmEdit

Best Short Animation Best Short Fiction Film
  • Ernie Biscuit – Adam Elliot
    • The Meek – Laura DiMaio and Joe Brumm
    • The Orchestra – Mikey Hill and Melanie Brunt
    • The Story of Percival Pilts – John Lewis and Janette Goodey
  • Nulla Nulla – Dylan River and Tanith Glynn-Maloney
    • Flat Daddy – Annie Kinnane and Matt Holcomb
    • Karroyul – Kelrick Martin, Jaclyn Hewer and Melissa Kelly
    • Reg Makes Contact – Corrie Chen, Jiao Chen and Raquelle David


Best Visual Effects or Animation People's Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film

Productions with multiple nominationsEdit

Feature filmEdit

The following feature films received multiple nominations.


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  2. ^ "AACTA invites sponsors for 2015". mUmBRELLA (Focal Attractions). 5 May 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Awarding screen excellence in Australia". Australian Film Institute. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b Groves, Don (31 October 2015). "The Dressmaker leads AACTA Awards noms". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Get your AACTA together — how your favourite TV stars have been snubbed for an ABC muppet!". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  6. ^ "'Mad Max,' 'Dressmaker' Split Australian Academy Awards". Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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