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Published: 21:37 BST, 28 February 2016 | Updated: 18:35 BST, 29 February 2016

Chris Rock posted a tantalizing tweet ahead of Sunday night's Oscars that simply read: 'Get Ready'

And while Hollywood holds its breath, material that the comedian tested ahead of his much anticipated monologue has emerged - slamming Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - who have boycotted the show.

Indeed, despite the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite row, Rock attacked the couple for their stance at the Comedy Club in LA late on Saturday, making a particularly lewd joke which some in Tinseltown have suggested he won't use because it won't get by the censors.

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Cutting the fat: Chris Rock posted this picture of him editing his highly anticipated monologue prior to the start of the 88th Academy Awards 

'Get ready': The comedian posted this tantalizing message on the morning of the big night 

Launching into his skit, he reminded the crowd that Smith's lacklustre performance in the film Concussion was overlooked by Academy voters.

And that because of this and the fact that films such as Lee's Chi-raq, Smith's Concussion, Creed and Straight Outta Compton were also ignored, he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith would not be attending the ceremony.

This sparked the #OscarsSoWhite row and on stage late on Saturday as he road-tested parts of his monologue, Rock scorched Smith by saying, 'Will Smith is complaining because he didn't get nominated for Concussion.

'If he wants it all about merit, can we complain about the million he got for Wild Wild West,' said Rock.

He then slammed Smith's wife.

'Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rhianna's panties.

'You can't boycott something no one invited you to'.

Principled staned: Will Smith (right) and Jada Pinkett Smith (left) spoke out when all the nominees in this year's best acting categories were revealed to be white

In a promo video posted today, Rock (left) illustrated that a taser gun will be his method of choice to silence the drawn out acceptance speeches - and goes on to demonstrate on Jimmy Kimmel (right), who is to host the after-show special.

Rock also apparently made jibes about Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, El Chapo and of course the ongoing race controversy.

It is unclear if the controversial comedian will use his joke at the expense of the Pinkett Smith's on Sunday.

However, according to Variety, Rock admitted on stage last week that it was probably too risque for a primetime ABC audience.

Many in Hollywood are expecting Rock to excoriate what is perceived to be a white dominated establishment - including Harvery Weinstein, who many who see as a member of that rarified club.

'I just can imagine Chris Rock’s opening remarks,' said Weinstein, the co-chief of The Weinstein Co.

'If anybody’s [planning on] boycotting the Oscars, don’t, because Chris Rock is gonna annihilate every one of us in the first 20 minutes of the show, and it will be well worth watching. It will be an Oscars to remember.'

Boycott and protest: Spike Lee - dressed in a tuxedo - sits courtside to watch his beloved New York Knicks instead of attending the Oscars in Los Angeles after boycotting the ceremony ahead of this years race row

Racial controversy aside, the winners may be in for more than a 'shock' as Rock revealed his technique for cracking down on drawn out acceptance speeches. 

In a promo video posted today, Rock illustrates that a taser gun will be his method of choice - and goes on to demonstrate on Jimmy Kimmel, who is to host the after-show special.  

This all comes amid the controversy surrounding this years Oscars, which despite having an uninspiring list of nominees has been overshadowed by the row over the plethora of nominations for white people.

Indeed, suspense and surprises mark the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday after a rollercoaster awards season dominated by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and no clear front-runner for the top honor of best picture. 

It's the movie industry's biggest celebration, but all eyes this year will be on Oscars host Chris Rock, the outspoken black comedian who is expected to take aim at a Hollywood diversity crisis that produced an all-white acting nominee line-up for the second year running.

'I think Chris Rock will address it head on, which is exactly what the show and the Academy needs,' said Variety awards editor Tim Gray.

Director Spike Lee and actor Will Smith have shunned the Academy Award ceremony, although a wider Oscar boycott largely failed to gather steam with Hollywood A-listers.

Protest: Reverend Al Sharpton (R) leads a protest against the all-white slate of Oscar acting nominees, near the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California on Sunday 

Speaking out: Demonstrators shout as the Reverend Al Sharpton (not pictured) leads a protest against the all-white slate of Oscar acting nominees in LA on Sunday 

Their decisions have sparked a wider debate about diversity in Hollywood, and several actors have come under fire for their comments.

Charlotte Rampling, who is nominated for Best Actress for her work in 45 Years, said their complaints were 'anti-white racism.'

She said: 'Maybe the black actors don't deserve to be on the final stretch? One can never really know but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.' 

Julie Delpy, who wrote and directed  2 Days in New York, starred alongside Chris Rock in the 2012 romantic comedy.

She was criticized last month for saying: 'Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media.

'It's funny - women can't talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don't bash them afterward.'

But Charlotte Rampling (left) who is nominated for Best Actress for her work in 45 Years, said #OscarsSoWhit  complaints were 'anti-white racism', while Julie Delpy said she felt similarly targeted for being a woman in Hollywood 

She went on to say: 'It's the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.'

She has since apologized for her remarks and clarified that she didn't mean to 'diminish the injustice done to African American artists'. 

Nevertheless, the under-representation of people of color in the film and TV industry has muted the congratulatory tone of awards season and prompted pledges to bring more women and minorities into the industry and the Academy.

In a break with tradition, Rock has given no interviews or hints of what he plans to say on Sunday's show, but in a cryptic tweet on Friday he wrote 'see you Sunday...#blackout #Oscars'.

As nominees and celebrities began the stroll down the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, protesters organized by civil rights leader Al Sharpton gathered nearby to make the case for more diversity at the Oscars.

'No matter how much glitter and how much of pomp they display this afternoon, it's a disgrace to have an exclusionary policy represent American culture,' Sharpton told congregants at the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles earlier in the day.


Chorus of critics: (L to R) Idris Elba , Whoopi Goldberg and Snoop Dogg have condemned the Oscars' lack of diversity among the nominees

'This institution doesn’t reflect its president and it doesn’t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation,'  - David Oyelowo

'You have to ask the question – are black people normally playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people ever seen at all?'  - Idris Elba

'... the idea that we could go two years in a row, where 40 actors could be nominated and none of them were black, is just crazy,'  - Michael Moore

'I can't help ask the question: is it time that people of color, recognize how much power and influence we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere,'  - Jada Pinkett Smith

'How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let's not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can't act?! WTF!!'  - Spike Lee

Support: George Clooney has spoken out against the lack of diversity at the Oscars which director Spike Lee consistently draws attention to 

'Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets and this year's Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscar,'  - Rev Al Sharpton 

'Somebody asked was I gonna watch the mothering Oscars. F no! What the f am I gonna watch that bulls for? They ain't got no n nominated. All these great movies and all this great s ya'll keep stealing from us. F you! F you!’ - Snoop Dog to TMZ 

'Why is this a conversation that we only have once a year? Every year we get all fired up and then the rest of the year nobody says anything.... So I’m not going to boycott, but I’m going to continue to bitch as I have all year round because I’m tired of seeing movies where no one is represented except a bit of the population, not all of it,'   - Whoopi Goldberg

'If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated.... And all of a sudden, you feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction' - George Clooney  

 'Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some fg actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep' - Janet Hubert

 'When Jada comes out as Gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina ..then I will listen to them' - Alexis Arquette 

Speaking out: William H. Macy, Will Smith, Danny Boyle and Lupita Nyong'o

'Yo, Chris. Come check me out at #TheOscars this year. They got me parking cars on G level' - Don Cheadle

 'It can’t be about box office, because I think black actors and stories along those lines have done very, very well, obviously' - Steve McQueen

‘I think that diversity is the American superpower. That's why we're great. So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspirations, their influences to this beautiful American gumbo. … so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it is not reflecting that beauty' - Will Smith

‘It’s anti-white racism. Maybe black actors don’t deserve to be on the final stretch?’ - Charlotte Rampling

'I do support the Oscar Ban movement's position that the nominations do not reflect the diversity of our community. The Oscar Ban movement reflects a larger discussion about racism in the criminal justice system. I hope the Oscar Ban movement opens the way for my peers to open their hearts to the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well' - Mark Ruffalo 

'I think everybody acknowledges that everything evolves and changes. It is going to evolve and change more, you can see that coming' - Danny Boyle

'There's loads of black actors. In the end you can't vote for an actor because he's black. You can't say 'I'm going to vote for him, he's not very good, but he's black, I'll vote for him' - Sir Michael Caine

Unconvinced: Sir Michael Caine, producer Gerald Molen and Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling have questioned plans for an Oscar boycott while Reese Witherspoon called for a change to Academy voting membership

'As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership' - Reese Witherspoon

'The idea of a boycott is ridiculous. Are their noses bent out of shape by the award nominations? Of course. That is normal in a town of egos and red carpet desires. While there were many performances of note, not all my choices for 'best' in the various categories have been realized.'I say to all my co-members: 'stop acting like spoiled brats. Look to the next awards show for recognition – if you deserve it' - Schindler's List producer Gerald Molen 

'I think in our industry and our business, it’s really about looking to who’s telling what story, who’s being allowed to direct, who’s being allowed to act in it, and I think that needs to change' - John Kransinski

'The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system' - Viola Davis 

Mark Ruffalo who is nominated for actor in a supporting role for Spotlight (left) and Danny DeVito (right) have also chimed into the racial debate over this year's Oscars

Sharpton has also called for Americans to 'tune-out' the live telecast, the most watched non-sports TV event of the year.

Eva Williams-Bly, a 60-year-old who attended another black church where Sharpton spoke, said she was disappointed the Oscars are not as diverse as they should be.

But, she noted, 'I've got too many other things to worry about,' naming homelessness, affordable housing, racial profiling by police and voting participation.

Hollywood names such as Danny DeVito, William H. Macy, Reese Witherspoon, and Mark Ruffalo have also chimed in since the nominations were revealed on January 14.

Since then, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced a plan to diversify the membership moving forward.

He said: 'The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up.

'These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.'

In a statement, the Academy said that the 'goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.'

The plan will invite a diverse pool of members to join and end the memberships of any individuals who have not been active in the industry for over a period of 10 years.

Meanwhile, Chris Rock's publicist shut down claims that the Oscars host had rewritten his opening speech in the wake of the race row about a lack of diversity in this year's nominations.

Oscars producer Reginald Hudlin told Entertainment Weekly in the lead up to the awards ceremony that Chris and his staff were scrapping the old script and rewriting a new show to address the unfolding controversy.

Rock's publicist Leslie Sloane stepped in to slam the reports, saying no one could speak for the comedian.

She told the Hollywood Reporter at the time: 'Chris has made no decisions about the content of the show. All will be revealed on February 28th. We will not comment further on this.' 

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