Actress Patricia Arquette has criticised movie bosses for frequently casting younger actresses in roles involving love affairs with older men.

Arquette won the best supporting actress honour for her role in Boyhood at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Sunday (08Jan15), and after collecting her accolade the star hit out at age-gap romances onscreen.

She said, "I think men over 40 don't want to be cast with women who are their own age. I find it funny... Sometimes you'll have someone like Harrison Ford in a movie and the woman opposite him isn't a few years younger than him, she'll be 20 years younger. And that's the ridiculous thing."