In a piece called “Narratives and Precedents,” Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg explains how various thematic narratives have sold a nominated performance to Academy voters. It’s a sharply observed piece, but he errs in describing George C. Scott‘s swaggering titular character in Patton as “a man who gains great power but loses his sense of perspective.”

Scott’s war-loving general goes through a bad career stretch after he slaps that soldier in Italy, but his perspective is firm and rooted from start to finish. He gets disciplined by Gen. Eisenhower in Act Two and he has to cool his act for political purposes, but his understanding of his identity and destiny never changes.