A tad meta, but Pixar definitely deserves one for doing what many movie franchises have only dreamt of doing: creating a third movie that's as good as, if not better than, the second.
Which is doubly awesome when you consider that the second movie is as good as, if not better than, the first, which is trebly awesome when you consider that the first movie is considered a modern-day classic.
Another meta-level one goes to director Lee Unkrich who spent the better part of the first few days after the movie's release on Twitter reading fans' reviews and in many cases, directly responding and thanking them for the support.
Yet two more meta-examples can be found in the film's box office performance. Yes, it sounds funny, geeky, and a bit stupid. Yes, we know filmmaking is more about entertainment than the money. But, Toy Story 3 becoming the highest grossing animated film of all time and the first to exceed one billion U.S. dollars is something that Pixar — Pixar who we all know and love, and contributed so much to many people's childhoods — really, really deserve, as their own Moment of Awesome, isn't it? It's a perfect cap to the last fifteen years of win after win after win, and we all want to see Pixar do well because they are awesome. Plus, the film just shows how brilliant they are. Don't deny it — you were a little bit happy when you heard the news. After all, they've earnt it.
Woody: She replaced YOU. And if you couldn't have her, no one could!
Even more awesome when you consider that Woody's actions in the first film could have ended with him going down the same dark path.
While in a bit of a different theme than the other examples here, and to continue with the meta theme, Pixar gets another for their depiction of the Incinerator, which genuinely feels scary for both the toys and the audience. Pixar, by terrifying moviegoers, continues to prove that they know what they're doing when it comes to making movies.
Another meta-example: realizing, halfway through the landfill scene, all the effort that went into building and rendering EVERY SINGLE piece of trash.
When Woody and Buzz go back to save Lotso in the Garbage Magnet scene. But it's not just because they're successful at it and it's also definitely not because he lives. No, it's because they actively knew at that point that he was the villain and he had tried to have them thrown away, and yet they still risked their lives to save him with NO hesitation at all. That kind of heroism deserves a spot on this page.
Still another meta example: Toy Story 3 is now the third animated motion picture to get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
It becoming the first of the Toy Story films to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature can be seen as a great way of rounding things out as well (the first two came out before the category's creation). This makes it the only one of the trilogy to actually win an Academy Award. Also, Randy Newman won for Best Song, which could be seen as a way of making up for his loss for "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the original.