The Academy Award nominations were announced in Hollywood this morning, and oddly enough, not one of the nominations went to anyone involved with the new, YouTube re-enactment of the Proposition 8 trial. Kidding aside, the first of 12 "episodes" -- each one a day of the trial -- was uploaded to YouTube Monday. The videos are performances of the attorneys, Judge Vaughn Walker and all the witnesses based on court transcripts, blogs, etc. According to a press release, all of the performers are professional actors. A few name actors took part -- including Tess Harper (as plaintiff Sandra Stier) -- and many bear at least a passing resemblance to the real-life people they play. You can see for yourself at MarriageTrial.com. The performances are a clever way of getting around the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that blocked actual video from the court proceedings.
Here are both chapters that make up Day One. Grab some popcorn, and get comfortable -- the total running time is over three hours.