Kiwi documentary Stan submitted for Oscar consideration

The Stan Walker documentary chronicling his battle against cancer and deadly surgery complications has a shot at Oscar glory.

Stan screened on Three in March and is on a list of 166 films submitted for consideration for Best Documentary Feature in the 91st Academy Awards.

Yellow is Forbidden, from Kiwi director Pietra Brettkelly, is also on the list.

Other notable entries on the list include Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9, Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, rock climbing film Free Solo, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG and stranger-than-fiction tale Three Identical Strangers.

Stan was a ratings hit when it was broadcast on March 25, scoring an 8.6 with a 32.5 percent audience share in the 25-54 demographic.

"I've been getting such incredible feedback from people and how it's helped them. So I think it's done its job," the pop star told The Project.

Stan is eligible for Oscar consideration because it won Best NZ Feature Documentary at New Zealand's Documentary Edge Festival, an Academy Award qualifying festival for feature documentaries.

In 2016, Kiwi journalist David Farrier's feature documentary Tickled made the same type of Oscars longlist Stan just has, but ultimately did not receive a nomination.

Many of the films on this year's list were hits at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival, including The Cleaners, McQueen, Kusama - Infinity, Pick of the Litter and The Price of Everything.

Others played at the 2018 Doc Edge Festival, including Of Fathers & Sons - which won the Best International Documentary award - along with People's Republic of DesireBeliever, Call Her Ganda, Far from at the Tree, The Gospel According to AndreThe Oslo Diaries and The Other Side of Everything.

The full list of documentaries submitted for Oscar consideration can be viewed at Deadline.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 17 before the Oscar nominations will be unveiled on January 22.

The 2019 Academy Awards will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.