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Paul Thomas Anderson Trashes American Airlines at Spirit Awards

Paul Thomas Anderson couldn’t help but take a dig at the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ corporate sponsor, American Airlines, on Saturday.

“Don’t fly American Airlines, man,” Anderson said while accepting the prize for the pre-determined Robert Altman Award for “Inherent Vice.” “They will f—ing lose your luggage.”

“It happened to me; seriously,” he added before walking off the stage as “Inherent Vice” casting director Cassandra Kulukundis laughed in discomfort.

“Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller later jokingly offered an apology on Anderson’s behalf during his own acceptance speech for another pre-determined prize, the special distinction award.

“It was actually United (Airlines),” Miller read off a piece of paper after saying that Anderson thought cursing would make him sound cool.

The joke continued when co-hosts Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell touted the Spirit Awards’ “most exclusive lounge” — the American Airlines tent, of course.

Earlier in the ceremony, award presenters Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig poked fun at the awards show’s extensive list of sponsors, including Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company, Bank of America, Heineken and IFC.

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