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OTRC: Oscar winners 2011: 'Toy Story 3' wins Best Animated Feature

A scene from 'Toy Story 3.' (Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar)

"Toy Story 3" won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film on Sunday.

The movie beat "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Illusionist."

"Toy Story 3," distributed by the Walt Disney Company-owned firm Buena Vista, is the third installment of the hit movie series that stars Tom Hanks as Woody the cowboy doll and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. The movie received five Academy Award nods this year, including Best Picture.

"I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the vision of three incredible guys. John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios, which by the way, is the most awesome place on the planet to make movies," director Lee Unkrich said on stage.

"To my producer, Darla Anderson, screenwriter Michael Arndt, my cast and crew, everyone at Disney and Pixar, every single person who had absolutely anything to do with making 'Toy Story 3' and getting it out into the world, I share this with you," he said.

"To my grandmother, who always insisted that she'd see me up here someday," he added. "To my parents, my wife, Laura, my kids, Hannah, Alice, and Max, I love you all so much. And finally, thank you to audiences all over the world who came out in historic numbers and embraced a movie about talking toys that hopefully had something very human to say. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!"

"Toy Story 3" is the third animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, following Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," which received an Academy Award nod in 1991, and Disney-Pixar's "Up," which was one of 10 contenders last year.

"Toy Story 3" is the top grossing film of 2010 and has made more than $1.06 billion worldwide, including some $415 million in the United States, since it was released in June of last year. In second place is Tim Burton's animated film "Alice in Wonderland" with $1.02 billion in worldwide sales.

"It's actually redefined and opened up a whole new chapter in show business and you can call it the CGI, the computer animation - just call it the 'Toy Story' era," Hanks told OnTheRedCarpet.com in June 2010. "Because that's really what it is."

Estelle Harris, who plays Mrs. Potato Head, added: "It gets better and better. People like them more and more each time. Two is better than one, three is better than two. Four will be better than three ... it's possible!"

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