This has me slightly torn. On the one hand it would be great to see more recognition of science fiction (and fantasy) films, especially with so many of the big Hollywood films these days covering that genre. Star Trek, Avengers, Avatar, Prometheus to name but a few.
But, and this is a big, capital-letters all round kind of BUT... why should science fiction have to have it's own special category? Does this not immediately demean it and say yeah, scifi is less than other genres so will give it a separate category to make it feel good. Science fiction is every bit as good as the other films and it shouldn't need to have a special category made for it just so that occasionally it has a chance of winning a few awards.
And that's before you start in on the arguments of what actually constitutes a science fiction film.
And then you get the other genres saying "well hey, why don't we have our own category too?"
The more I think about it, the more I think it's a bad idea. I think that Hollywood is just going to have to get used to science fiction and other seemingly 'lesser' genres and change the way its critics think and review films.