The 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto were celebrated across two major events in Sydney in late 2015:
- The 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post was held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Monday 30 November
- The 5th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Ceremony & Official After Party was held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 9 December
A total of 47 AACTA Awards were presented across the two events, honouring the very best in Australian screen excellence of the past 12 months.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD received eight AACTA Awards across the two events, beginning an impressive Awards run that saw the film receive six Oscars®, four BAFTAs and two AACTA International Awards.
Sweeping the feature film acting categories, THE DRESSMAKER received four AACTA Awards in total, including Best Supporting Actor to Hugo Weaving, Best Supporting Actress to Judy Davis and Best Lead Actress to Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winner Kate Winslet.
PETER ALLEN - NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR lead the television categories, taking home seven AACTA Awards, including Best Telefeature or Mini Series.
Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving presented Cate Blanchett with the prestigious AACTA Longford Lyell Award. Attesting to Blanchett's brilliance as one of the world's leading performers, tributes were received from many screen luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Robert Redford, Bruce Beresford, Ron Howard, Todd Haynes, Sam Rami and Gillian Armstrong.
- New Channel Seven telecast and new date announced for 5th AACTA Awards (15 April 2015)
- First Nominees Announced for the 5th AACTAs (15 July 2015)
- AACTA announces Presto as Presenting Partner and reveals feature films in competition (27 August 2015)
- Australian screen industry set to dazzle at new AACTA Awards Dinner (16 September 2015)
- 5th AACTA Awards nominations announced (29 October 2015)
- ASTRA and AACTA announce new awards partnership (24 November 2015)
- Stars to shine on Seven, Birds of Tokyo to perform at the 5th AACTA Awards (25 November 2015)
- New AACTA Subscription TV Award celebrates 20 years of Subscription TV in Australia (28 November 2015)
- Australian screen industry to shine at The Star in Sydney tonight (30 November 2015)
- First AACTA Award Winners announced at Industry Dinner (30 November 2015)
- Cate Blanchett to receive Australia's highest screen Award (6 December 2015)
- AACTA Award Winners announced in Sydney (9 December 2015)