Alfonso Cuaron was all smiles on Monday morning as he showed off his latest three Oscars at the Chateau Marmont.

Amid a quick room-service meal and a brief photo shoot, the “Roma” director opened up about working without longtime DP Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, why he focuses on female protagonists, and his favorite taco spots in Los Angeles.

Cuaron and Lubezki have collaborated on six films, including “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Children of Men,” and “Gravity,” which scored them both Oscars in 2014, but when it came to “Roma,” a busy shooting schedule kept the cinematographer from boarding the movie. However, Cuaron says his absence didn’t make too much of a difference, since Lubezki had already prepared part of the shoot and had planned most of the models.

“And then when I took over, particularly for the prep, I had many conversations with him,” he says.

Cuaron had a similarly simple answer when it came to why he almost always includes a strong female protagonist in his films.

“You know what, I never thought about that,” he says. “Isn’t life like that?”

As for his favorite taco joints, Cuaron recommends Loteria or Sonoratown in downtown Los Angeles.