Did he get his Academy screener before or after it had already come out and gotten whatever reputation it was going to get as a film? My guess would be after because I would think the screeners are given out after the films are nominated which doesn't happen until the new year...just something to factor in.
Though I think this is still good news. The only caveat I have for myself is that he's definitely more of a Warsie, so as negative as I can be is that it skews in that direction too much for my taste. But that may or may not be a bad thing, and it's not as if we didn't already know it was going in that direction anyway since Abrams himself calls him self more a Wars fan than a Trek fan, but a big fan of both.