Keep in mind the fact just seconds before Lotso was pushing around Big Baby and yelling his supposed Straw Nihilist spiel about how all toys are nothing more than trash inevitably designed to face the dumpster. Big Baby didn't just fight back against Lotso, after finding out he used him, he immediately exposed Lotso as a cowardly hypocritical liar who doesn't believe his own bullshit, throwing him to his supposed fate kicking and screaming.
Andy giving Woody to Bonnie at the end.
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 triply 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 (until Frozen) 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.
Lotso: I didn't throw you out. Your kid did. Ain't one kid ever loved a toy, really. Chew on that when you're at the dump. *turns to leave*
Woody: Wait. What about Daisy?
Lotso:*stops in tracks* I don't know what you're talking about.
Woody: Daisy? You used to do everything with her?
Lotso: Yeah, then she threw us out.
Woody: No, she lost you.
Lotso:*angry* She replaced us!
Woody: She replaced YOU. And if you couldn't have her, no one could! You lied to Big Baby, and you've been lying ever since! *reveals Big Baby's locket*
Lotso:*incredulous* Where did you get that?!?
Woody: She loved you Lotso.
Lotso:*livid* She NEVER LOVED ME!
Woody: As much as any kid ever loved a toy.
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.
Watch the subtle reactions between Lotso's minions as this occurs. While they're too scared to defy him, you can tell Woody has exposed Lotso entirely as a fraud in their eyes.
The aftermath of the incinerator scene really sets the seal on his Character Development. While Hamm and Slinky are understandably itching to get back at Lotso for what he did, Woody just washes his hands of Lotso in disgust.
Woody: Forget it, guys. He's not worth it.
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.
Find a stuffed Lotso-Huggin'-Bear in stores. Any stuffed Lotso. Whether it's actual-teddy-bear-sized or even just a little keychain in the Disney Parks, it will smell like strawberries.
Small moment, but Rex and Hamm managing to tackle and pin Brainwashed!Buzz counts as one. Buzz may be the most competent combatant out of the toys, but when the two Big Guys of the group rally together and use their strength, Buzz can be kept down.