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Oscars crowd goes gaga over Gaga’s ‘Sound of Music’ medley

Lady Gaga presented Julie Andrews after her “Sound of Music” medley at the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22.AFP/Getty Images

Just as the evening is running long and viewers are getting restless, an Oscarcast typically inserts an overlong, gratuitous element into the proceedings to slow things down and really try the audience's patience. A fine but excessive golden-anniversary tribute to ''The Sound of Music'' was this year's entry, complete with film clips, a medley by Lady Gaga and reminiscences by its star, Julie Andrews. Gaga received a standing ovation, and it was heartwarming, sure. But too much, much too late.