Patricia Arquette hit out at sexism in Hollywood following her triumph at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) last night (08.02.15).

The 46-year-old actress won the prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in 'Boyhood' and speaking at the event at London's Royal Opera House, she spoke about what she considers to be a double standard for Hollywood actresses over the age of 40.

She said: ''I think men over 40 don't want to be cast with women who are their real age, I guess. I mean, I find it funny.''

Arquette said it's important to cast actors and actresses in roles that are appropriate for their actual ages.

She explained: ''Sometimes you'll have someone like Harrison Ford in a movie, but the woman cast opposite him isn't three or four years younger than him like in real life.

''That's generally how we mate as a species. But somehow they're 20 years younger - I mean that's the ridiculous thing. We have to call bulls**t on that.

''Come on people, cast appropriate to your leading man's age, at least. Let's start there.''

Arquette's triumph at the BAFTAs came after she won the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the Richard Linklater-directed film.